The Tomb of the Salamina Fighters

This site overlooks the sea where the famous naval battle of Salamis took place in 480 BC. Honouring the men who fought and died for Greece, this large circular tomb was built using limestone and gravel, and is highlighted with a bronze statue by sculptor Achilleas Vassileiou.

A crucial battle in determining the final outcome of the Persian Wars, the Greek naval fleet was heavily outnumbered, with fewer than 400 small ships against the powerful Persian fleet. The Greeks seemed to be the underdogs until Themistocles developed a plan to fight the battle at a spot favouring the smaller, faster Greek ships. The mighty Persian fleet was destroyed, and the Persian threat to conquer the Peloponnese faded along with it.

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Address: Cape of Kynosoura
Area: Salamina

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