April 20, 2022

Visit of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nikos Dendias

Information on the activities of SHP and the Philhellenism Museum

Presentation of winners of the International Lord Byron Prize for 2022

The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP), whose functions have been placed under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visited today the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nikos Dendias.

SHP presented the three personalities who were selected, in order to receive the International Lord Byron Prize for the year 2022.

These are:

– Jean Claude Juncker, former President of the European Commission (Luxembourg),

– Jack Lew, former Secretary of the Treasury (USA),

– Klaus P. Regling, Chief Executive Officer of the European Financial Stability Facility and Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism (Germany).

These three personalities have exercised their duties during their careers, in a way that is completely compatible with the principles and values of philhellenism, they have bravely faced important international crises and have offered admirable work to the society as a whole. At the same time, each one from his position, all three stood firmly on the side of Greece, during the recent economic crisis, which Greece has now successfully overcome.

The three laureates have officially accepted the Prize. The ceremony will take place in 2022 at the Academy of Athens.

At the same time, SHP presented to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dendias, the actions it implements in 2022, the plans of the Philhellenism Museum and the Philhellenes Monument which will be placed at Vasilissis Sofias in Athens.

The President of SHP and the Philhellenism Museum, Mr. C. Velentzas thanked Mr. Dendias for the support and auspices offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in all these actions and handed him a series of 10 medals of important Philhellenes.

Information: Ms. Leoni Thanassoula

email: info@phmus.org,

tel +30.2108094750


The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) and the Philhellenism Museum award to them an honorary diploma and the Lord Byron Medal



The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) and the Philhellenism Museum organise an emblematic event – exhibition on the occasion of the anniversary of the Naval Battle of Navarino, on October 20, 2021, entitled ‘I saw the Great Victory, the Eternal Victory ’.

The inauguration will take place on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 7.30 pm at the Philhellenism Museum.

The inauguration will be attended by descendants of the British Admiral Codrington, commander of the Allied fleet during the historic battle, by descendants of the French Admiral de Rigny (commander of the French fleet) and by descendants of the Russian Admiral Pyotr Fedorovich Anjou, commander of the Russian ship Gangut, who will be honored with the diploma and the medal of Lord Byron.

The event will be attended by the Minister of Finance of Greece, Mr. Christos Staikouras, Members of the Parliament, representatives of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and representatives of the Embassies of the United Kingdom, France and Russia. Mr. Staikouras will present the Lord Byron medal to the descendants of the three admirals.

The Museum will present an exhibition of paintings, objects of philhellenic art and documents related to the Battle of Navarino, in dialogue with sculptures by Minas Mavrikakis. The exhibition is curated by Ms. Iris Kritikou.

A concert of philhellenic music of the 19th century will follow, dedicated to the anniversary of the Naval Battle of Navarino, organized by SHP in collaboration with the Association ‘Friends of Music’.

Fanie Antonelou, soprano
Ioannis Kalyvas, tenor
Maria Papapetropoulou, pianist

You may follow the event on-line from the following links:



Information: Ms. Anna Roza, email: info@phmus.org, tel: +30.210.8094750
Philhellenism Museum, 12 Zisimopoulou Street, 11524, Athens
Duration of the exhibition: October 21, 2021 – January 30, 2022
Visiting Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10.00-18.00
All protection measures against COVID-19 will be undertaken.


The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung published an important full-page article by journalist Christiane Schlötzer referring to Philhellenism during the Greek Revolution and the participation of German Philhellenes in it. The article highlights, among others, the Philhellenism Museum in Athens and the German Philhellene Heinrich Treiber. The story of this great Philhellene is told by his descendant and member of the Advisory Committee of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) and the Philhellenism Museum, Professor N. Apostolidis.







SHP and the Philhellenism Museum express their grief for the loss of the great composer and ecumenical Greek, Mikis Theodorakis (1925-2021), one of the most important personalities of modern Greece. He wrote over a thousand songs, symphonic works, cantatas, oratorios, operas, music for the cinema, set music to plays, tragedies and poetry of great Greek and international poets (the photo is by the painter Spyros Zacharopoulos).



The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) participated in the ceremony, organized on July 31, 2021 by the Municipality of Hydra in cooperation with the Embassy of Austria in Athens to honor Austrian Philhellenes who participated in the Greek Struggle for Independence in 1821.

As part of the anniversary events, a scientific conference on “Austrian Philhellenism in the Greek Revolution” took place, as well as a concert of classical music. The event was addressed by the Mayor of Hydra, Mr. George Koukoudakis and the Ambassador of Austria in Athens, Μs. Mag. Hermine Poppeller.

The conference was coordinated by Mr. George Koukoudakis. The speakers of the conference were the historian Dr. David Schriffl from the Austrian Foreign Affairs Ministry, with a speech on the “200 years Greece and Austria – thoughts on and beyond the War of Independence”, and the historian and member of the scientific committee of SHP, Angeliki Papagiannopoulou, who referred to the Austrian Philhellenes who supported the Greek struggle for Independence. Ms. Papagiannopoulou also presented the initiatives by SHP and the Philhellenism Museum for the erection of a Monument in Athens, to honor the Philhellenes, as well as the creation of an anniversary medal to honor the Austrian Philhellene, Anton von Prokesch, in collaboration with the Zografeio School in Epirus.

The conference was followed by a music concert by the Auner Quartett in Vienna, which was coordinated by the music conductor and composer Ms. Konstantia Gourzi. The following works were performed:

NIKOS SKALKOTTAS: 5 Greek Dances: I.Epirotikos, II. Kretikos, III. Tsamikos, III. Arkadikos, IV. Kleftikos

KONSTANTIA GOURZI: Anájikon, the Angel in the Blue Garden: I. The Blue Rose, II. The Blue Bird, III. The Blue Moon, a. the bright side, b. Turning, c. the dark side

FRANZ SCHUBERT: String Quartet “Rosamunde”, 1. Part

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: String Quartet οp. 18/4

Austrian Philhellenes participated in the Philhellenic movement of the time and in military operations in Greece in favor of the Greeks. This important initiative of the Municipality of Hydra gave the opportunity to highlight their essential contribution to the Greek Struggle for Independence. Austria and Greece cooperate today with mutual respect within the framework of a United Europe, which largely owes its existence to the great legacy left by the European Philhellenes.

The Mayor, Mr. George Koukoudakis implements a series of pioneering actions of high quality and aesthetics, which promote internationally the history and the culture of the region and Greece, placing Hydra at the center of an international interest. SHP supports the work of the Municipality of Hydra, participating in a series of events around Philhellenism.


Inauguration of the Philhellenism Museum and the Lord Byron Medal Award Ceremony to Philhellenes who fought for Greece during the Greek War of Independence of 1821.



Newspaper Griechenland Zeitung presents the Philhellenism Museum in Athens.

You can download in pdf the article from here and the newspaper in whole from here.




The Philhellenism Museum is open and welcomes visitors as of May 20, 2021.

The Museum is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00.

Visitors must comply with the COVID19 specifications imposed by EODY. To facilitate the flow in the Museum, those interested are kindly requested to inform by email (info@phmus.org) or Tel / SMS (+30 6974 750361), the day of the visit and the number of visitors.

To arrange group and school visits, please contact: +30.210.8094750.

For more information please visit our website:

Zisimopoulou 12
115 24 – Athens
Tel. 1: +30 6974 750361
Tel. 2: +30.210.8094750
Email: info@phmus.org


The photo shows the Ambassador of Belgium in front of an important painting by a Flemish painter of 1650 depicting a scene from the Iliad (the abduction of Helen).


The Ambassador of Belgium, Ms. Françoise Gustin, hands over to the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP), a flag offered by the Belgian Parliament, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary from the Greek Revolution and the opening of the Philhellenism Museum.

SHP warmly thanks the Speaker of the Belgian House of Representatives, Ms. Eliane Tillieux, and assures that it will forever honor this flag which will symbolize the long-standing bonds of friendship between the people of Belgium and Greece.


Τhe Speaker of the Belgian House of Representatives, Ms. Eliane Tillieux


The Philhellenism Museum honors, among others, Belgium, which has contributed in many since the Renaissance the promotion of the Hellenic culture, as a cornerstone of Western civilization and the European integration.

The Philhellenism Museum exhibits works of art by Belgian painters on the theme of the Greek Revolution, as well as the history of Belgian Philhellenes who fought in Greece on the side of the Greeks. It also presents the actions of the Philhellenic Committees operating in Belgium.

One of them is Augustin De Lannoy (December 28, 1798, July 6, 1826), who died in Andros.



SHP thanks the Belgian diplomat and Philhellene Mr. Theo Dirix, who assisted with his research the actions of SHP to study the biographies of the Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourgish Philhellenes who supported the struggle of the Greeks for national independence.