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                                     THE BATTLE OF LEPANTO

In the Marina of the Serenissima the Dalmatians were always well represented: the battle of Lepanto is a clear example. Of the Venetian fleet of 105 galleys which, under the command of Sebastiano Venier, took part in the battle, Dalmatia was present with seven armed galleys:

the Magdalene of Veglia under the command of Lodovico Cicuta;
the San Giovanni di Arbe under the command of Zuanne de Dominis;
the San Nicola di Cherso under the command of Colane Drasio;
the San Gregorio di Sebenico under the command of Cristoforo Lucich;
La Donna di Traù under the command of Alvise Cippico;
the San Girolamo of Lesina under the command of Giovanni Balzi;
the San Trifone di Cattaro under the command of Girolamo Bisanti.


Battle of Lepanto by Andrea Vicentino – Sala dello Scrutinio di Palazzo Ducale

The battle of Lepanto, the most bloody of the modern era, was a naval battle that took place on 7 October 1571 in the Ionian near the Echinades and ended with a crushing victory of the Christian forces of the Holy League led by Don Giovanni of Austria over those Ottoman by Ali Pascià, who lost his life in the clash.
Battaglia di Lepanto di Giorgio Vasari – Sala Regia in Vaticano 

How deep the bond between Zara and the Serenissima was is well described by the historian, Giuseppe Praga, who in his History of Dalmatia reports:

"On the morning of 16 October the Zadar Citadel scouts spotted a galley full of sails and oars coming from the Pasmano canal. A small boat with three men broke away from the ship and rowed toward land. It brought the tidings of victory. From Zara he answered with the sound of bells and forty cannon shots. Then all the one hundred and nine cannons of the strong thundered together. The next day there was a procession, the first of the memorial processions of October 7 that, as the third national holiday, the people of Dalmatia celebrated every year next to that of St. Mark and the Holy Intrada ".

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