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1821-2021: Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution Posted by on Mar 25, 2021 in Culture, News

Γεια σας! Today it is bog day for Greece! We celebrate the Annunciation of Mary (Ευαγγελισμός της Θεοτόκου) but also the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution (200 χρόνια από την Ελληνική Επανάσταση) against the Ottomans, which started in 1821. The pandemic did not allow people to participate in the celebrations. However, many foreign politicians honored with their presence the events organized by the Greek government.

I am not the right person to talk about the Revolution, as I am not a historian. In this post, you can find resources related to the Greek Revolution, such as links to documentaries and videos.

Χρόνια πολλά!


Φωτογραφία από Dimitris Vetsikas από το Pixabay


#1. Events:

  • Έπαρση της σημαίας (Raising the flag)

  • Παρέλαση (Parade)


#2. Ντοκιμαντέρ για την Ελληνική Επανάσταση

This is a documentary about the Greek Revolution. It is in Greek, with no subtitles.


#3. Videos

  • Έκθεση φωτογραφίας (Photo exhibition)

  • History of the Greek Revolution

A short video about the Greek Revolution in English


#4. Ομιλίες (Lectures)

  • “1821: Οι τομές μιας Επανάστασης”

Μαρία Ευθυμίου, (university teacher and researcher)

The lecture in in Greek and there are no subtitles.

  • What Byron really did for Greece and why it still matters”

Prof. R. Beaton

The lecture is in English.


#5. Eκθέσεις (Exhibitions)

The museums are closed but we can see interesting art exhibitions online.

  • Μουσείο Κυκλαδικής Τέχνης (Museum of Cycladic Art)

“Antiquarianism and Philhellenism”

Curators’ guides tour (with subtitles in English)

  • Μουσείο Μπενάκη (Benaki Museum)

“1821 Before and After” (with subtitles in English)


#6. Βιβλία (Books)

If you want to learn more about Modern Greek history, I highly recommend the following books:

Greece: Biography of a modern nation, by Roderick Beaton.

Modern Greece: From the War of Independence to the Present, by Thomas W. Gallant.


Φωτογραφία από Greg Montani από το Pixabay

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About the Author: Ourania

Ourania lives in Athens. She holds a degree in French Literature and a Master’s degree in Special Education for Children. Since 2008, she has been teaching Greek to foreigners.


  1. Alexandra:

    I am a little bit late but Χρόνια πολλά Ελλάδα και καλή συνέχεια σε όλους Έλληνες!
    Since Monday, we have been having a Greek week (culture, ancient philosophy, history, and drama), so that we too could commemorate this big day for Greece. 🙂
    Ευχαριστώ για το ενδιαφέρον post σου, Ράνια.

    • Ourania:

      @Alexandra Χρόνια πολλά, Αλεξάνδρα! It’s not late at all! I’m glad you celebrated too and I hope you enjoyed the Greek week 🙂