Impressive Representation of Parga’s Naval Combat

navmaxia_534_355Parga once again honored its past. Following the representation of the Pargians’ escape on August 15, on September 1, there was another representation which attracted all the people of Epirus.

The representation was about the most frightful pirate Kheir el-din Barbarossa, an admiral of the Ottoman fleet, whose mother was Greek, and he destroyed the whole fortified city in 1537.

The notorious pirate was the first to destroy Parga’s Venetian Castle.  It was initially built in the 11th century by the residents of Parga to protect their town from the pirates and the Turks, but it was partly destroyed by such invasions. In the 13th century, the Venetians rebuilt the castle to fortify the area. In 1452, Parga was occupied by the Turks and destroyed part of the castle.

Then, in the 16th century, it was rebuilt for the fourth time by the Venetians, who made it a strong fortress.

They built eight towers outside the castle and two cisterns to supply the castle with water in times of war. When the castle including the whole town was sold to the Turks in 1813, it was fortified even more and obtained a new building called hamam at its top, where the harem of the Sultan would live.


  1. Parga is Chamerian CITY! Albanians are the native people of Parga. City belongs to them and not the Greek criminals.

  2. Conservative newspapers as Athenian daily Kathemerini warned that: “we natives must present one ticket, the Greek ticket, the ticket of the natives, the ticket of success”. The derogatory remarks on newcomers developed. For instance natives referred to the refugees as “Turkish seed” (Turkosporoi) and “giaurtovafstimenis”,
    baptized in yogurt.

    SEE: Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos “The 1923 Greek-Turkish exchange of populations and the reformulation of Greek national identity” Oxford University, 1998.

  3. Typical foreigner poster using multiple handles on GR. If you don’t like Greeks please leave and don’t forget to close the door on the way out.
    SEE: any historian, archeologist FF