Lakithra Square refurbishment & it’s historical background

The proposal of our Municipality for the Regeneration of the Squares in the settlements of Lakithra and Agia Irini with a total budget of € 545,000 was filed today in the Green Fund. Both regeneration studies are products of hard intellectual work by our Service as from the beginning the goal was set for the intervention not to be accidental and indifferent but to obey specific standards regarding the promotion of the historicity of the two settlements so that the regeneration has greater historical and cultural depth.
For the renovation, very expensive but very high quality materials were selected (green Tinos marble, colored granites, etc.). We are optimistic that the result on the ground will be special and worthy of the importance and historicity of these two settlements of our Municipalities. Following is a detailed text on the renovation of Lakithra Square and in the coming days a corresponding text on Agia Irini will be published.
RENOVATION OF LAKITHRA SQUARE SQUARE
The operation site in the settlement of Lakithra of the Municipality of Livathos is the central square of the village. In its current form, the space is used both for the usual daily contacts of the villagers and for regular and extraordinary cultural, political or other social events. In particular, the central square of the settlement is the main space used by the Cultural Association “Byron” of Lakithra for numerous dance events during the summer season, for the carnival events of the settlement as well as for various cultural events.
In its current form, the space has been shaped as a square since the mid-1960s and has been paved, 25 years ago, with concrete, partially colored, cobblestones. On the whole, the surface of the square has suffered extensive damage from time and use, the characteristics of the materials have deteriorated and the space looks outdated and outdated (inadequate and insufficient lighting, faded and worn floor elements, etc.). At the same time, the square seems to have been formed randomly, without any prominent reference point, without center of gravity, with unexplained useful plant-technical configurations and without provision for the service of the disabled.
Due to the importance of the space for the operation of the settlement, its reconstruction was chosen with good quality materials in order to upgrade the center of the settlement. Choices made include:
• the naming of the square as “General Dionysios Vourvachis Square” and at the same time the installation of a sculpture of this historical figure. In this way, the restoration of the historical memory is sought, the promotion of the historicity of the settlement so that the regeneration has a greater historical and cultural depth and is more creative for the settlement, producing emotions and images to the daily user and visitor.
• The flooring is done with colored cobblestones and granites and green Tinos marble. Based on the real shape of the square, an elliptical geometric shape is created on the floor where the curvature of the surface does not spread completely smoothly over the entire surface (the oval shape refers to a curvature evenly distributed throughout the surface). Here the shape is ovoid with the sharpest part of the egg having a greater curvature than the wide part. This figure refers to a plan of an old track and field training of horses (Dionysios Vourvachis was a general of the French cavalry). The visitor enters the space from the side with the smallest curvature of the ellipsoid (wide side) and is led to the side with the greatest curvature (narrow side) where the centerpiece of the space is placed by constructing a pedestal within a normal circle that is expected to accommodate the sculpture. This creates a reference point for the square. Finally, the color choices of the floor tiles include the green marble of Tinos which refers to safety and positivity and is used by many armies either alone or in a camouflage suit, due to its relevance to the colors of nature and the red-purple that symbolizes power and strength. This creates a reference point for the square. Finally, the color choices of the floor tiles include the green marble of Tinos which refers to safety and positivity and is used by many armies either alone or in a camouflage suit, due to its relevance to the colors of nature and the red-purple that symbolizes power and strength. This creates a reference point for the square. Finally, the color choices of the floor tiles include the green marble of Tinos which refers to safety and positivity and is used by many armies either alone or in a camouflage suit, due to its relevance to the colors of nature and the red-purple that symbolizes power and strength.
• The thematic choice for Lakithra square was made after consultation with the Local Council and the inhabitants of the settlement mainly for historical reasons which become apparent from the following brief historical description:
In 1787 the hero of the Greek Revolution Dionysios Vourvachis was born in Lakithra who was killed in the battle of Kamatero in 1826. His father, Sotirios Vourvachis, was a loyal friend of Napoleon I, offering him important services during the family settlement in M. When S. Vourvachis died (1806), Napoleon I, protecting the other members of the family, introduced the young Dionysios Vourvachis to the military school of Fontainebleau. The latter, fully raised in France, followed an important military career, participating with the French army from 1805 to 1815 in military operations in France, Italy and Spain in the context of the Napoleonic Wars. He was demobilized with the rank of cavalry colonel.
• At the end of 1826 he arrived in insurgent Greece and with the permission of the government formed, with his own money but also with an amount offered by philhellenic associations in Europe, a force battalion of 800 – 1000 men. Then, in the last days of 1826, he landed in Loutraki with the aim of strengthening Karaiskakis, but after orders from the government, he moved to Elefsina, where Vassos Mavrovouniotis was. Panagiotis Notaras arrived there a few days later. From Eleusis, Vourvachis and the other two chiefs, joining forces, moved to Menidi, where on January 22 they prevailed in a battle against the Ottomans.
• On January 25, Vourvachis, together with the Montenegrins, Notaras and their approximately 3,500 men, moved towards Kamatero. There, two days later, they were attacked by 2,600 Ottomans. Vourvachis’s detachment, located in the plain, came under great pressure, as a result of which it succumbed, while the forces of Mavrovouniotis and Notaras, which were being attacked by the enemy artillery, fled. From the Greek side, more than 300 men were killed, including Dionysios Vourvachis, who was beheaded. In fact, his head was sent by Kiutahis along with other loot as a trophy to Sultan Mahmut II.
• On August 12, 1953, the village of Lakithra was completely destroyed by the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Kefalonia. The French government, according to an official document, not forgetting the offer of the Vourvachis family, “adopted” the settlement of Lakithra in order to help rebuild it. On March 23, 1956, the French Lakithra adoption mission sent the list of beneficiaries of the houses. By the end of 1959 the houses were handed over to the villagers. They also built a school and a church.
In the summer of 2022, cultural events are planned with the presence of French students from the city of Pau, the city where the residence of General Charles-Denis Bourbaki (Vourbach) is located. The events will take place in the context of strengthening the relations of the Municipality of Argostoli with the French city.
Source – FB post of Dionysios Minetos

One thought on “Lakithra Square refurbishment & it’s historical background

  • January 13, 2022 at 11:02 pm
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    It will look good provided you can keep the graffiti artists away from it when it’s down

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