Welcome to Pylos


'Sandy Pylos', the Mycenaean kingdom mentioned by Homer, lay a short distance from here, near Gialova Lagoon, and was one of the few places where the Spartans suffered defeat at the hands of the Athenians. On 20 October 1827, the British, French and Russian fleets, under the command of Admiral Codrington, fired at point-blank range on Ibrahim Pasha’s combined Turkish, Egyptian and Tunisian fleet, sinking 53 ships and killing 6000 men, with negligible losses on the Allies’ side. The attack, the Battle of Navarino (Navarino being the town’s former name), was a decisive moment in the War of Independence.


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