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Hellenic Parliament Honors the Greek War of Independence

Greek Parliament
Credit: Hellenic Parliament

The Hellenic Parliament will honor the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence with two new commemorative events.

An impressive projection of the heroes and other images from the Greek War of Independence will be showing on the facade of the historic Parliament building at Syntagma Square for ten days, starting on April 19.

The ten-minute-long video will be projected every half hour between 9 pm to 11 pm, to tell the story of the Struggle and its leading figures who shaped the fate of the Greek nation.

In addition, the Hellenic Parliament will honor the Greek War of Independence with a special exhibition titled “Beholding Liberty! At the Hellenic Parliament, Two Centuries Later,” which is digitally accessible and will open to the public soon.

The must-see collection of rare documents and other memorabilia extends over two of the most monumental halls of the Parliament building.

The Greek Parliament system as a valuable trophy

The opening ceremony of the exhibition took place on Monday, to coincide with Philhellenism Day, in the presence of the country’s State and political leaders, the leaders and representatives of the political parties in Parliament, and the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.

Greek Parliament
Credit: Hellenic Parliament / Aliki Eleftheriou

In his welcome address, the President of the Hellenic Parliament, Constantine Tassoulas, pointed out that the Parliament is not only a historical guardian of the memory of the Struggle.

“The Parliament, the representative system that is manifested here in the parliament building, is one of the valuable trophies of the Struggle,” he noted. “The fighters of 1821 wanted the form of the state to be representational, and that is, parliamentary,” he added.

“In the Constitutions of the Struggle, the revolutionaries recorded everything that constitutes and guarantees the unity and cohesion of the nation,” Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou added.

“We gratefully acknowledge their contribution, study their texts and honor their struggles,” she added.

Greek Parliament
Credit: Hellenic Parliament / Aliki Eleftheriou

Digitally accessible until Covid restrictions eased

In her speech, the President of the “Greece 2021” Committee, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki advised that the Greek people look again at their past “in its complexity, without illusions, blinders and easy simplifications, so as to gain greater self-knowledge and give our collective bond a new renewed breath, but also to invent ideas and practical plans that will conceive a promise of a better tomorrow.”

The duration of the special exhibition will be extended beyond 2021, in order to allow as many citizens as possible, especially young pupils and students, to visit it in person once conditions allow its opening to the public.

Greek Parliament
Credit: Hellenic Parliament / Aliki Eleftheriou

Currently, the exhibition is accessible online through a special webpage.

It features all the exhibits available, a 3D virtual tour (3D tour) and digital application games designed to be used by the educational community.

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