The shaded relief map of Crete one of a three
stamp set issued by Greece to mark the centenary of the Cretan revolt
against the Turks in 1866. Although the Ottoman government defeated
the Christian rebels they did agree to a representative form of
government in 1868, and in 1913 Crete was united with Greece. In 1923
the Muslim minority relocated to Turkey.
A non-map stamp in the same set portrays Hadjimichaelis
Yiannaris (1851-1916), one of the leaders of the revolt who became a
member of the parliament of the state of Crete in 1912. He was
characterized as hajji, a term that usually identifies a Moslem
pilgrim to Mecca, because he had been a pilgrim to Jerusalem where he
visited the Holy Sepulcher.