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Athens, Zappeion Melathron - "To remember our benefactors"

Evangelos Zappas (1800-1865) was a Greek businessman, philanthropist and national benefactor. Pioneered and played a key role in reviving the Olympic Games.

Born in the village Lambovo in Northern Epirus (modern Albania) in 1800. He was the youngest son of Vassilis Zappas, a trader from the major area. The village belonged to the province Tepelena, home of Ali Pasha. Evangelos, at age 13 years, was recruited by Ali Pasha and sent to guard a fort near the city of Ioannina. With the alliance between Ali and Souli, Zappas found in the camp of the race and switched to power of Marcus Botsaris. Was, indeed, adjutant and followed him. After the death of Marcus Botsaris, Evangelos Zappas fought with Constantine Botsaris, brother of the hero, and then with General Nicholas Zervas, Lambros Veikou, Gouras, fought with Makrygiannis, Notaras and Panourgia. In 1824, he became a brigadier general and commanded the Vlahohoria of Salona. According to other sources, fought with Karaiskakis, Kolokotronis and Odysseus Androutsos. At the end of the revolution refuses financial compensation for the heroes of the Revolution and migrates in Bucharest in 1831. This area of ​​the Danubian Principalities had time great Greek tradition, since the Sultan nominated Phanariotes in administrative positions. Zappas settled in Vlachia. The socio-economic structure of the area marked by the paucity of urban centers and large estates. Zappas joined the local community using a sophisticated system of public relations. Make sure to familiarize himself with the nobles and abbots of monasteries Greek who ran the monastic estates. Zappas followed the tactics and other Greeks, rented and used monastic estates in the area of ​​Gialomitzas, near Bucharest. In three decades has acquired enormous wealth and income, respectively. The long absence of Evangelos from Greece and the rhizome of the Vlach community has created complications in the expression of national consciousness. The allocation was to be benefited and two homelands.

In Zappeion Melathron there is acrypt in which it is deposited, the head of E. Zappas. The main reciever of benefactions was Greece. The most striking manifestation of him to Greece was the attempt to revive the Olympic Games. Evangelos Zappas, along with his cousin Constantine Zappas honored as national benefactors from 1859 when it established the "New Olympia", report agricultural, technical and industrial set to take place every four years (at Zappeion Melathron). In 1863 Evangelis suffers from mental illness. The Greek Consul General in Bucharest marks the disease as "frenitiasi" or some sort of "obsession". Evangelis Zappas died on June 19, 1865 at Brosteni, and the cousin of Constantine on January 20, 1892 in Menton, France. Much of their property placed in the public interest and national purpose in their homeland. Specifically, they established schools in Lambovo, in Premeti, and also in Nivani, Delvino and Droviani.

(from Wikipedia)

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