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The Second Battle of Navarino (the first in 425 BC, then and now called Pylos, when the Athenians defeated the Spartans) was not only the last battle of sailing ships and the most one-sided battle in naval history but it was perhaps the most important battle in the history of Modern Greece and had it not been won by the combined British, French and Russian fleets against the Egyptian and Turkish fleets there might not have been a Greece.

Pylos is one of the most beautiful cities of Messinia and is the administrative, economic, and agricultural centre of the Municupality of Pylos-Nestoras. The town is located 52kms from Kalamata and 305kms from Athens. It was built on the slopes of two hills to the plans of the French General Maison in 1828. It is a town that combines the comforts of the mainland with the brilliant white of the Greek islands; especially the houses and the pretty square with its colonnaded walkways. The centre has a beautiful square with a monument to the three admirals who took part in the Battle of Navarino (1827) and two cannons from the battle. The town’s name is from Homer’s time and the town emblem is the griffin, a mythical bird that was the symbol of power of King Nestor.

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