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MessageSujet: The three dragons from Bourdji island   Sam 18 Avr 2009 - 17:07

Bourdji was used as a fort until 1865.
Later it serνed at the residence of the people that operated the guillotine, that had been set up at A1onaki on Palamidi. The first executioner came from Marseil1es where the guillotine had been made, but he was soon forced to leave on account of the strong dislike of the people. Andreas Karkaνitsas, in a beautiful short story of his written in 1892, describes Bourdji as the «Charming caνe» that hid three dragons: the three executioners, Sophras, Amyradakis and Be kiaris. Karνaνitsas who served at Nauplion as a military doctor, gives us an account of the executioners' habits. Bekiaris from Argos was paid a monthly salary of 300 drchs plus 100 drchs for every decapitation. One of the last executioners mentioned was Athanassios Aleνizopoulos, who was forced by the public to stop wearing his national costume (the phoustanel1a-skirt uniform) and he dressed in the western fashion. He had artistic interests and was less hated by the Nauplians.
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