An anniversary issue, not only because we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution, but also because this summer “Free Athens” comes back to the city centre. Our purpose is to meet the urban explorers, who came from far away to merge with the athenian vibes.
We didn’t intend to publish another conventional city guide, but we aim to share with you the soul and the identity of the city we love. You’re holding in your hands a double guide: a historic induction to the philhellenic movement of the 19th century and a touristic manual of Athens of the 21st century. Βecause when the old meets the new, only miracles can happen!
On the following pages you will find the names of 16 Philhellenes and their story to the glory, as well as some historical events which connect the independence of the modern greek state with the action of its international “allies”.
Born of the seed planted by the American and French Revolutions of the 18th century, and the notions of liberalism and nationalism they bequeathed to the 19th century, the Greek Revolution made an assertive entry into both these new ideological fields of the modern world. On the trail of the revolution, national ideas become global and vice versa.
The 200th anniversary of the 1821 Revolution provides fertile ground for alternative narratives of our everyday life and seems more relevant than ever, after all the challenges the whole world faced.
Suggestions for food, drinks and excursions could not be missing from this issue. So, we welcome the greek summer and we invite you to spread your positive vibes in every place you visit!