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Lefkada on the border between the Ottomans and Venetians (15th–17th centuries)



Lefkada on the border between the Ottomans and Venetians (15th–17th centuries)


11 May 2021

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As part of the bicentenary marking the beginning of the Greek Revolution, the Youth Centre of the Holy Metropolis of Lefkada and Ithaca hosts an online event entitled “Around our Great ’21”. The 11th event aims to analyse the concept of the border, which is a zone on both sides of the border like the Ionian Islands. It is a channel of communication such as the Ionian and Lefkada, which are the border between the Venetian and Ottoman empires. The main city is the fortress of Agia Mavra, a border between Christianity and Islam, which was conquered by the Turks in 1479. Until the Venetian conquest, Lefkada and the fortress were the centre of the Ottoman frontier with the Venetian islands. It became a military base of the Ottomans with a large presence of armed forces and guards. The speaker describes life inside the fortress and the settlements. Christian merchants played an important role in the commercial connections of the Ottoman side of the border with the hinterland as well as with the Venetian islands opposite. The conclusion is that the border was not only a military base nor impenetrable; it was a point of contact between the two sides. The border of Agia Mavra and Lefkada ceased to exist in 1684 with the Venetian conquest, but not completely as it continued under the Venetians until the Greek Revolution.

(Edited and translated description from organiser’s website)

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