Athens: honoring the foreign heroes of the Greek Revolution


City of Athens, led by mayor Kostas Bakoyannis, introduced 62 new Smart Signs in tribute to the Foreign Heroes of the Greek Revolution.

This initiative is called “Walking with the Philhellenes”. It is a collaboration between the Hellenic Society of Environment and Culture and the Municipality of Athens. Society for Development and Tourism Promotion have created it. 

The main purpose of this creative initiative is to highlight how influential historical figures contributed to the creation of modern Greece. The figures are from Italy, Russia, France, America, Germany, Britain, and other countries.  Another important purpose of this project is to honor many great foreign personalities who are important to Greek culture. 

Athens’ citizens and visitors can now gain knowledge and inform themselves about modern history in a very simple and interesting way. There are 62 new smart signs placed on the streets.

The signs also feature portraits and explanatory historical texts in both Greek and English. Each sign has a QR code which leads to an electronic application. There, people can find more detailed explanations of events, as well as many podcasts. 

This initiative is a part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution after which Greece was finally recognized as an independent state under the London Protocol of February 1830. This event is one of the most important events of Greek history.

The street sign unveiling ceremony was held in Philhellenes Street. Mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis held a speech in which he said that Greece owed a great deal to the Philhellenic Movement. Some 1200 volunteers from 14 countries came to fight on Greek battlefields.

“This unprecedented, concrete expression of solidarity vis-à-vis the Greeks fighting for their freedom often reached the point of self-sacrifice and became a moral duty which spread across the fields of art, music, and literature, regardless of political tendencies and social strata: from the King of Bavaria to the African-American Marine James Jakob Williams. It is therefore very important for us to get to know them, to follow in their steps with our mind’s eye and to re-acquaint ourselves with our past by exploring our city”, said mayor Bakoyannis. (photo credit: Thomas Gravanis)