One of the seminal acts of heroism, which attests of the dramatical dimensions of the holocaust of Naoussa is undoubtedly the intended fall in the gushing waters of the great fall of Arapitsa, at the region “Stoubanoi”, of several women, girls and mothers, of the martyrical city of Naoussa.
At the place of the great sacrifice, a bronze monument of the heroins of Naoussa was erected in 1973, a work of the great sculptor Katerina Chalepa-Katsatou, which was curated (according to the inscription) in 1972.
In her work, Katerina Chalepa-Katsatou presents a young mother from Naoussa with her two children. One of them, the oldest, a young daughter is situated on her lap and follows the steps of the mother, heading towards Arapitsa. The faces of the two, mother and daughter, are turned to the side of the ravaged city full of awe.
The other child, a toddler, one cannot tell if it’s a boy or a girl, sleeps on the bust of his mother, eyes closed, seeming nonetheless tired from crying. With her right hand, the mother makes an ultimate gesture in order to keep the pursuers apart from her children. Dignity and freedom demand great sacrifice.
Οn a short distance from the monument of the heroins of Naoussa (on the west) a large marble plate is placed, with the following inscription:
“Passerby, stand piously in front of the memory of the dead. In the precipice opening up in front of you, the women and children of Naoussa had a glorious and heroic death, for the freedom and independency of the Greek nation, on April 22, 1822”.