Areopoli, capital of the Mani, is aptly named after Ares, the god of war. Dominating the main square, Plateia Athanaton, is a statue of Petrobey Mavromichalis, who proclaimed the Maniot insurrection against the Ottoman Empire in 1821. His brother and son, Konstantinos and Georgios Mavromichalis, were responsible for the assassination of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first president of independent Greece, in 1831. The town retains many other reminders of its rumbustious past.
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