Battle of Lepanto

1571 naval battle between Holy League and Ottomans

The Battle of Lepanto was a naval engagement that took place on 7 October 1571 when a fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of w:Catholic states arranged by Pope Pius V, inflicted a major defeat on the fleet of the Ottoman Empire in the Gulf of Patras. The Ottoman forces were sailing westward from their naval station in Lepanto (the Venetian name of ancient Naupactus – Greek Ναύπακτος, Turkish İnebahtı) when they met the fleet of the Holy League which was sailing east from Messina, Sicily.

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  • Then Satan answered, Fayth? Quoth he,
    Their Fayth is too too small;
    They striue, me thinke, on eyther part,
    Who farthest backe can fall:
    Hast thou not giuen them in my hands,
    Euen both the sides, I say,
    That I, as best doth seeme to me,
    May vse them euery way?
    • His Maiesties Lepanto (1603)
  • Vivat Hispania!
    Domino gloria!
    Don John of Austria
    Has set his people free!

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