Inauguration of the Philhellenism Museum
the Lord Byron Medal Award Ceremony to Philhellenes who fought for Greece during the Greek War of Independence of 1821
The official inauguration of the Philhellenism Museum took place on Wednesday July7, 2021 at 19:00, in parallel with a ceremony awarding the Lord Byron Medal to 15 descendants of Philhellenes, 4 representatives of the Academic community and a diplomat. The actions of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism and the Philhellenism Museum are under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Nikos Dendias, the Minister of Culture Ms. Lina Mendoni, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Konstantinos Vlasis, the Deputy Minister of National Defense General Alkiviadis Stefanis, the General Secretary of the Academy of Athens Mr. Christos Zerefos, the ambassadors of the USA, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Poland and the representative of the European Parliament in Athens.
In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dendias, stated, among others the following: “The museum that is being inaugurated this evening, is an excellent initiative that should have been implemented a long time ago. It took place thanks to the tireless efforts of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism. We are grateful for its contribution in recording the history of the Greek Revolution. Philhellenism is an important part of our history, which should never be forgotten. Tonight we honor the sacrifices and the passion of all these people who helped us gain our freedom’’.
In her speech, the Minister of Culture Ms. Mendoni stated, among others the following: ”I believe that the general public would be surprised by the fact that Greece, among its many museums, did not yet have a museum dedicated to this extremely important, for the modern history of the nation, international movement. This gap is being filled today in a perfectly scientific way, in a special elegance and at the same time with full respect for the great historical and artistic value of the objects that adorn the collections of the Philhellenism Museum, a creation of a private initiative undertaken and implemented by the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism, which contributed a lot for the collection, of more than 2,000 rare art objects and items that record the birth and evolution of the philhellenic movement and the role that it played in the movement of National Independence.”.
The importance of Philhellenism was also highlighted by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Vlasis, who, among others, noted the following: ‘’I am in the position to know that the Museum was created with a very personal effort of its contributors to whom I express my congratulations, both those of the Greek State and my personal warm thanks. Today we are in an ecumenical museum, as the objects on display do not come from a specific place but are a collection from many parts of the world. They capture and reflect one and only emotion: Friendship. It is very moving to be in front of a tangible example of what “friendship” can achieve. People from different parts of the world were inspired and moved by the passion they had for Greece, and the universal ideals of democracy, freedom and morality that Greece stands for, to the point of not only contributing materials to the struggle, but also by sacrifying their own lives.’’.
The event is available at the link below.
Honored countries and Philhellenes
Honored professors and diplomats
- Dr. William St Clair (United Kingdom)
- Dr. Maria Kalinowska (Poland)
- Dr. Eva Latorre Broto (Spain)
- Dr. Gosciwit Malinowski (Poland)
- Mr. Theo Dirix (Diplomat from Belgium)
Biographies of the Philhellenes