From the land of Zakynthos at the junction that turns left towards Bohali you will see a narrow paved road on your right and the sign Strani Hill. There you will ascend the paved among the olive trees and you will reach Strani Hill. The view is beautiful and panoramic. It was here that Dionysios Solomos upon hearing the cannonades from the Mesologgi felt inspired to write the countries national anthem ‘An Ode to Freedom’. Passing through the gate, you are in a multi-level park, surrounded by pine trees and olive trees. You can browse the historic monument or relax on one of the benches.
At the point where the column with the bust of the poet is present, there was the yew tree under which Dionysios Solomos wrote our national anthem. Part of the old tree is today at the entrance of the Solomos and Kalvos Museum. In front of the column, the sculpture depicts “Freedom” moving with momentum in the front and holding on to the right hand of the sword.
Video by: Travel Diary
I love this park – whenever I visit Zakinthos I love this area – left Bochali – tight right before the park leads you on a nice semi private road to the Akrotiri because it’s an island you can back left to the beach – very picturesque drive or in my case I loved to jog in the a.m. I love the view from this park esp behind the statue – great video of the park – now I want to go back –