12 July 1577, the people of Himara ask for the Pope’s help to rebuild the shrines and to arm themselves against the Ottomans

On July 12, 1577, priest, clerical and secular, and all the people of Himara, through their representatives Nikolle Gjika and Gjergj Katas, sent a letter to the Pope, telling them that they have been constantly in battle without falling into the yoke Of the Ottomans. “Since the time of Skanderbeg, it is said in the letter, no one, not even the wretched and backward Turk, with all its terrible power, has ever managed to set us under its dominion …” Himariotet kerkojne Help the Holy Father to rebuild devastated shrines and buy weapons.

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