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Heroic Mani


As you step into Mani, you're immediately greeted by its breathtaking landscapes and a vibrant tapestry of history and culture. This land, a pivotal stage for the 1821 Greek Revolution, offers more than just scenic beauty—it's a gateway to experiencing the unwavering spirit and heroic tales of a people who fought for freedom and independence.


In this place where the echoes of freedom ring loud, the story unfolds with March 17, 1821, marking the spark that ignited the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire. This date is etched in the hearts of Mani, not just for the start of a national uprising, but for an event of deep local pride: the oath of independence taken by the Maniots. This pledge, sworn in Areopoli, became a symbol of their unwavering determination for liberty. While the revolution and its heroes are nationally celebrated on March 25, in alignment with the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, Mani cherishes March 17 as its own beacon of valor. This distinction underlines a profound blend of national pride and religious significance, inviting people annually to delve into its rich historical tapestry.


The extraordinary zeal of these few inhabitants for freedom and independence comes as no surprise. In a land that is barren and unforgiving, where its people are accustomed to having little, there was nothing to lose and everything to gain. With the motto 'Freedom or Death' and with unwavering courage and determination, they spearheaded the liberation with a single goal: the freedom of their homeland.


Every year, the community's spirit—enriched by locals and visitors alike—revives and celebrates ancient customs, ensuring our forebears' legacy continues to inspire:


• Torchlight processions trace the paths once walked by Petrobey and other chieftains to Areopoli, casting light with flames of remembrance.
• Horse races echo the past, as modern Maniots on horseback follow the exact trails of their ancestors, culminating in Areopoli's central square, where the historic oath-taking ceremony cemented their resolve.
• High school students in Areopoli reenact the Maniot oath, standing in the central square before the church of the Brigadier Generals. Adorned in traditional garb, they vividly embody their ancestors' intense desire for freedom, reciting:
"I swear, in the name of our Almighty God, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity, to shed even the last drop of my blood for faith and homeland. I swear not to look back unless I have repelled the enemy of my homeland and my religion. I swear, 'Either with it or on it' and 'Victory or Death' for Faith and Homeland."
The presence of Maniot women, reminiscent of Spartan heroines, symbolizes unwavering support for their men in the struggle for victory.
• Cultural dances and songs from across Greece honor the enduring spirit of those who fought for their ideals.
• Meanwhile, sharing the traditional Maniot sweet "diples" provides visitors with a taste of heritage, enriching the experience of unity and celebration.


Akrolithi Boutique Hotel & Guesthouse warmly welcomes those looking to combine their stay with the profound narratives of Mani's historical past and its mesmerizing natural surroundings. As we celebrate the magnificent festivities of March 17 and March 25, our hotel becomes a beacon for aficionados eager to explore the region's rich heritage and breathtaking landscapes.


If the captivating blend of history and unmatched natural beauty in Mani draws you, consider Akrolithi your sanctuary. Here, each suite is a haven of comfort and opulence, offering unparalleled views of the Bay of Oitylos, and promising singular moments that are truly unforgettable!


*The above photo is a snapshot from this year's reenactment of the Maniots' oath-taking ceremony by local students, on March 17th in the central square of Areopoli.