scion of one of the most ancient families of
Zante (the Barzò),
Anne, wife of Demetrio Ioannopoulo, was one of the most important
female figures on the island. Her contribution to the
revolutionary struggle for the liberation of Greece from the Ottoman
rule (1821-1830) is inestimable. During the ten years combat,
offered shelter, relief and support to hundreds of women and the
children of freedom fighters who sought refuge in the island of
Zante. The most prominent families of the Peloponnese, as
the monks of the Haghia Lavra historic monastery entrusted their wealth
to her for custody until the end of hostilities. Priceless
treasures like sacerdotal vestments, valuable utensils, imperial
documents and cash were given back safely and intact after the
independence. For this reason, she was proclaimed Savior and
Benefactor of this holy monastery. She died in Zante and her
funeral was presided over by the then priest and theology teacher Nicola D. Catrami (1820-1886).
name to her great grand daughter Anne D. Ioannopoulou (1900-1985), wife
Spiridon C. Theodoropoulos (1891-1983)
and the latter to her grand daughter Diana Macris-Cangelaris
"The Zantiot Anne Barzo and the National Palingenesis"
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