1821-1827 saw the establishment of the Revolution with a series of fierce battles in the southern mainland. Nonetheless, since 1824 revolutionary pouches lessened and, finally, Mesolongi, the last stonghold of the area
fell to the forces of Ibrahim and Kutahiye (10 April 1826). Ibrahim moved to Morias and Kutahiye to the rest of Roumeli. Most guerilla captains gave in and Kutahiye kept a flexible position in order to reach his ultimate goal: Athens. In 28 June 1826 Kutahiye and Homer Pasha moved into Attica. Many locals joined them in protest to heavy Greek taxation, but the majority transferred to Aigina. About 1130 fighters fortified in the town wall, which had been carelessly built in 1778 around the Akropolis hill. Kutahiye set camp on the 3 July and entered the Athens wall a month later. Akropolis fell after ten more months of siege.