In the summer of 1798 the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte conducted his campaign against the Mamluks in Egypt to protect the French trade in the region and to block the access of the Brits in India. During his trip to the east it is said to have stayed for a night in a house in Ierapetra.
Nobody noticed that it was him, until the family that hosted him, after his departure, saw a handwritten note that read in French "If you want to know who your stranger was, know that I am Napoleon Bonaparte'.
This story has not been confirmed, but the legend of Napoleon remains vivid in the town of Ierapetra. You will see the name Napoleo even in taverns and cafes. The house has been bought by the municipality of Ierapetra and you can find it in the neighborhood of Kato Mera, near the harbor.
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