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Greek Independence Day, national holiday celebrated annually in Greece on March 25, commemorating the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821. It coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of the Annunciation to the Theotokos, when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear the son of God.

Greek Independence Day, national holiday celebrated annually in Greece on March…

Greek soldier.

Selahlik silahlik or bensilah. Ottoman leather weapons belt (selahlik / silahlik) worn throughout the Ottoman Empire, made from layers of leather containing slips to hold a yatagan sword and other weapons.

Markos Botsaris (Greek: Μάρκος Μπότσαρης, c. 1788 – 21 August 1823) was a general and hero of the Greek War of Independence and captain of the Souliotes. Botsaris is among the most revered national heroes in Greece.

Markos Botsaris (Greek: Μάρκος Μπότσαρης, c. 1788 – 21 August was a general and hero of the Greek War of Independence and captain of the Souliotes. Botsaris is among the most revered national heroes in Greece.

Nikitaras was the nom de guerre of Nikitas Stamatelopoulos (1784 – 1849), a Greek revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence. Due to his fighting prowess, he was known as Tourkofagos, literally means "Turk-Eater".

Nikitaras was the nom de guerre of Nikitas Stamatelopoulos – a Greek revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence. Due to his fighting prowess, he was known as Tourkofagos, literally means "Turk-Eater".

Αναγνώστης Πετιμεζάς. Θάνατος του Πετμεζά. Peter Von Hess.

Αναγνώστης Πετιμεζάς. Θάνατος του Πετμεζά. Peter Von Hess.

Katerina "Rosa" Botzaris portrait by Stieler, 1841. Member of the Souliot Botsaris family (daughter of Greek independence hero Markos Botsaris), she was in the service of Queen Amalia of Greece.

Portrait of Katerina Rosa Botzaris, 1841 link Katerina 'Rosa' Botsari was a member of the Souliot Botsaris family. The daughte.

Kanellos Deligiannis  was a Greek magnate from the Morea and the son of Ioannis Deligiannis. He was one of the main organizer of the Greek War of Independence and a politician in the independent Kingdom of Greece.

Kanellos Deligiannis was a Greek magnate from the Morea and the son of Ioannis Deligiannis. He was one of the main organizer of the Greek War of Independence and a politician in the independent Kingdom of Greece.

Freedom or Death: by Theodor Vryzakis (1814-1878), the most symbolic painting of the Greek Revolution declaring war for independence from the Ottoman Empire)

Theodoros Vryzakis (oil painting, Benaki Museum, Athens) illustrates Bishop Germanos of old Patras blessing the Greek banner at Agia Lavra on the outset of the national revolt against the Turks on 25 March 1821

Flag of Hydra with inscriptions: Ή ΤΑΝ Ή ΕΠΙ ΤΑΝ (either bearing one's shield or borne on it) and Ή ΝΙΚΗ Ή ΘΑΝΑΤΟΣ (either Victory or Death). Together with the islands of Spetses and Psara, Hydra contributed its merchant fleet to the formation of a Greek navy. The Inhabitants of Spetses were the first islanders to rise up, on 3 April 1821, and were immediately followed by those of Psara, Salamis, and other islands.

Flag of Hydra with inscriptions: Ή ΤΑΝ Ή ΕΠΙ ΤΑΝ (either bearing one's shield or borne on it) and Ή ΝΙΚΗ Ή ΘΑΝΑΤΟΣ (either Victory or Death). Together with the islands of Spetses and Psara, Hydra contributed its merchant fleet to the formation of a Greek navy. The Inhabitants of Spetses were the first islanders to rise up, on 3 April 1821, and were immediately followed by those of Psara, Salamis, and other islands.

The execution of Archbishop Kyprianos of Cyprus

The execution of Archbishop Kyprianos of Cyprus

Veikos Lambros, heroe of the revolution.

Veikos Lambros, heroe of the revolution.

Bouboulina. Exact copy of the famous oil painting by Von Hess.

Painting of Laskarina Bouboulina, heroine of the Greek War of Independence Peter von Hess