Friday, February 12, 2016

The Battle Of Lepanto


The Ghost of Lepanto

Events Leading to Battle of Lepanto, 7 October 1571

The battle of Lepanto was one of the turning points in the struggle of Europeans to preserve their Freedom and Humanity from the talons of the encroaching Turk Ottoman Empire.

In 1571, the European Union forged by Don Juan of Austria, saved Italy and the Western Mediterranean from unimaginable destruction and human suffering.

Lepanto ranks with the Battle of Vienna (1683) as one of the two major watersheds that saved the European way of Life and protected the tender bud of Renaissance.

Since the 16th century, October 7 has been celebrated as a Feast Day in the Catholic Tradition.

Battle of Lepanto

The Battle of Lepanto was a naval engagement taking place on 7 October 1571 in which a fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of European Catholic maritime states arranged by Pope Pius V and led by Spanish admiral Don Juan of Austria, decisively defeated the fleet of the Ottoman Empire on the northern edge of the Gulf of Corinth, off western Greece. The Ottoman forces sailing westwards from their naval station in Lepanto (Turkish: İnebahtı; Greek: Ναύπακτος or Έπαχτος Naupaktos or Épahtos) met the Holy League forces, which came from Messina, Sicily, where they had previously gathered.

The victory of the Holy League prevented the Ottoman Empire from expanding further along the European side of the Mediterranean. Lepanto was the last major naval battle in the Mediterranean fought entirely between galleys and has been assigned great symbolic and historical importance by several historians.

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