Rare authentic relics from the War Museum are on display at Athens International Airport ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’.
Travellers from around the world have the opportunity to see up close authentic war items the heroes of the Greek Revolution used.
This is the first time the War Museum has collaborated with Athens Airport.
2021 is a year of celebration for Greece.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of the country’s Independence War against the Ottoman rule in 1821.
The theme ‘Fighters & Chariots’ focuses on the fighting spirit of the heroes and highlights their unwavering desire for freedom.
Deputy Minister of National Defence Alkiviadis Stefanis, inaugurated the exhibition on Monday.
“2021 is undoubtedly a year of hope and perspective for Greece of the future. The 200th anniversary of the beginning of the National Uprising, is a great opportunity to be inspired by our history, to evaluate our course, to envision the future of the country and to re-establish ourselves with our new, progressive, modern identity in Europe and around the world,” Stefanis said.
Also in attendance was Director General of the airport Alexandros Aravanis and the President of the War Museum Anastasios Liaskos.
“The aim of the partnership of the War Museum and the International Airport ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ is to promote the Greek Revolution of 1821 to millions of visitors to the country, highlighting its historical significance and its international dimension, as a piece of world historical heritage,” he added.
The memorabilia and souvenirs, which include stationery, bags, water bottles, mugs, calendars, and much more, are decorated with the designs and the logo of “Greece 2021”, as well as with symbols and heroes of the Revolution.
Some of the items have phrases spoken by great heroes of the uprising embellished on them, such as the famous phrase of Theodoros Kolokotronis: “The Greeks are crazy, but they have a wise God”.
Committee 2021 President said that these souvenirs will “promote the messages of the 200-year anniversary since the Revolution, a unique anniversary for Greek men and women, by depicting the symbols and heroes of the Greek Revolution but also through phrases that highlight values, such as resilience and a fighting spirit, that accompanied the course of modern Greece.”