Ali Pasha was renowned in the area for his ambition in wanting to control the whole of Northern Greece and preferably without being governed by Sultan Mahmud ll of Turkey. Despite many attempts to capture Parga and even building his own fortress high above Parga, at Anthousa, to intimidate the town folk the Pargians never gave in. Unfortunately after all the attempts to keep Ali Pasha at bay the British finally sold Parga to him in 1817. Under the terms of this treaty he agreed not to take control of the Ionian islands. This included Corfu where many Pargians fled to exile taking their sacred icons and ashes of their ancestors.
During this time Ali Pasha had fallen from favour with the Turkish Sultan and by 1820 was ordered to return to Istanbul to explain the reason for such tyranny. He refused and with only a few loyal bodyguards left to protect him the sultans men finally trapped and killed him at his house on the Island of Nissi in Ioannina.
Parga was eventually liberated in the Balkan War, however, the Turks remained here until 1924 when they became part of the population exchange between Greece and Turkey. Finally in 1930 the original icons that the townspeople fled with were returned to Parga from Corfu. This final chapter of a turbulent history is celebrated on the 15th August each year along with the name day of the Virgin Mary. If you are lucky enough to be in Parga at this time, you will be part of the beautiful celebrations and the busiest day in Parga's annual calander.