Dionysios Solomos - Stranis Hill
Did you know…? Knowledge treats from Boutique Villas Zante. No farther than two kilometres from Villa Bozonos - one of our finest residencies at Boutique Villa Zante- rises Stranis Hill, a high ground with stunning view and the location of the once glorious Stranis mansion.
This is where the famous poet, Dionysios Solomos, in 1823, two years after the Greek Revolution began, found the inspiration to compose the “Hymn to Liberty”, the 158 stanza poem that became the national anthem of Greece and Cyprus. According to the legend, he would hear the cannonade coming from the Ottoman siege of Mesologgi, a once prosperous town at the coast of eastern Greece.
It is then when Solomos began to plan the composition of “The Free Besieged”, a worldwide known epic combination of poems narrating the resistance of the besieged Greeks.
Dionysios Solomos was born in Zakynthos in 1798 to the noble Count Nikolaos Solomos, descending from Cretan refugees, who settled in Zakynthos around 1670, right after the Ottomans occupied Crete. Until 1808 the poet received tutorship from the Italian abbot and refugee, Santo Rossi. Soon he was sent to Italy, where –as many noble men of the Heptanese- he finished senior high school and studied Law and Literature. After mastering the Italian language and linguistic arts, he returned to Zakynthos in 1818. The Hymn to Liberty brought recognition and fame to Solomos, as well the desire to advance his work.
Ten years later we find Solomos in Corfu, where numerous admirers, authors and intellectuals help him found the Heptanese School (style) of literature, featuring modern Greek language and praising the ideals of freedom, homeland and love. The great poet died in 1857 and his remains were transferred to Zakynthos. Today, along with personal belongings, original transcripts, family artifacts and books, they are kept at the Museum dedicated to Solomos and other prominent Zakynthian figures.
The Museum is located at the magnificent St. Mark Square in Zakynthos town. For the interested visitors, its staff performs guided tours, after arrangement – an option most suggested by Boutique Villas Zante to our guests.
Your personal concierge will arrange everything with Boutique Villas Zante associates to bring you customised, relaxing spa "menus" you can choose from. Private yoga sessions has been another guest favourite, highly recommended.