Inauguration of the Philhellenism Museum


the Lord Byron Medal Award Ceremony to Philhellenes who fought for Greece during the Greek War of Independence of 1821

The official inauguration of the Philhellenism Museum took place on Wednesday July7, 2021 at 19:00, in parallel with a ceremony awarding the Lord Byron Medal to 15 descendants of Philhellenes, 4 representatives of the Academic community and a diplomat. The actions of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism and the Philhellenism Museum are under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Nikos Dendias, the Minister of Culture Ms. Lina Mendoni, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Konstantinos Vlasis, the Deputy Minister of National Defense General Alkiviadis Stefanis, the General Secretary of the Academy of Athens Mr. Christos Zerefos, the ambassadors of the USA, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Poland and the representative of the European Parliament in Athens.

In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dendias, stated, among others the following: “The museum that is being inaugurated this evening, is an excellent initiative that should have been implemented a long time ago. It took place thanks to the tireless efforts of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism. We are grateful for its contribution in recording the history of the Greek Revolution. Philhellenism is an important part of our history, which should never be forgotten. Tonight we honor the sacrifices and the passion of all these people who helped us gain our freedom’’.

In her speech, the Minister of Culture Ms. Mendoni stated, among others the following: ”I believe that the general public would be surprised by the fact that Greece, among its many museums, did not yet have a museum dedicated to this extremely important, for the modern history of the nation, international movement. This gap is being filled today in a perfectly scientific way, in a special elegance and at the same time with full respect for the great historical and artistic value of the objects that adorn the collections of the Philhellenism Museum, a creation of a private initiative undertaken and implemented by the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism, which contributed a lot for the collection, of more than 2,000 rare art objects and items that record the birth and evolution of the philhellenic movement and the role that it played in the movement of  National Independence.”.

The importance of Philhellenism was also highlighted by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Vlasis, who, among others, noted the following: ‘’I am in the  position to know that the Museum was created with a very personal effort of its contributors to whom I express my congratulations, both those of the Greek State and my personal warm thanks. Today we are in an ecumenical museum, as the objects on display do not come from a specific place but are a collection from many parts of the world. They capture and reflect one and only emotion: Friendship. It is very moving to be in front of a tangible example of what “friendship” can achieve. People from different parts of the world were inspired and moved by the passion they had for Greece, and the universal ideals of democracy, freedom and morality that Greece stands for, to the point of not only contributing materials to the struggle, but also by sacrifying their own lives.’’.

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Honored countries and Philhellenes



Philhellenes: Charles Nicolas Fabvier, Pasquale Gambini, Jean-François Maxime Raybaud, Olivier Voutier

Descendants: Bruno Fabvier, Jeannine Giudicelli, Vincent Touze, Pascale / Delphine Aurran de Sancy


Philhellenes: Wilhelm Bellier de Launoy, Heinrich Treiber

Descendants: Rea Metropoulou, Nikolaos Apostolidis


Philhellenes: Jean-Gabriel Eynard, Henri Fornèsy

Descendants: Hugues Eynard, Julius Fornezis & Loukia Fornezi Papaioannou


Philhellenes: Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, Julia Ward Howe

Descendants: Julia Wainwright, Gillian Kellogg


Philhellenes: Giuseppe Chiappe, Michele Gramsi

Descendants: Christos Paraskevopoulos, Ekaterini Ioannidou

United Kingdom:

Philhellene: Frank Abney Hastings

Descendant: James Abney-Hastings, Maurice Abney-Hastings

Honored professors and diplomats

  • Dr. William St Clair (United Kingdom)
  • Dr. Maria Kalinowska (Poland)
  • Dr. Eva Latorre Broto (Spain)
  • Dr. Gosciwit Malinowski (Poland)
  • Mr. Theo Dirix (Diplomat from Belgium)

Biographies of the Philhellenes

French General Charles Nicolas Fabvier (1782 –1855), was one of the most beloved Philhellenes who fought in Greece. He wore a Greek costume and took part in many military operations. He organized the regular corps in Greece to deal with Ibrahim’s invasion in the Peloponnese. The National Assembly at Troezen declared him a Greek citizen, and King Otto honoured him with the Great Cross of the Order of the Redeemer.

Pasquale Gambini was a Philhellene from Corsica, who served in the Corps of Philhellenes as a flag bearer. He was captured by the Turks during the Battle of Analatos (April 24, 1827). He was taken to the camp of Kioutachis Pasha in Patissia and was killed on the same day.

Jean-François Maxime Raybaud (1795-1894) was a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars and one of the first Philhellenes to fight in Greece. He participated in the Siege of Tripolitsa as a member of the unit of the British Philhellene General, Thomas Gordon. He was wounded in the Battle of Haidari in 1826. He was the editor of the French expeditionary corps in Morea (1828), and the publisher of the French newspaper Le Courrier d’Orient until 1829. His Memoires sur la Grece are an important source of information around the Greek Struggle.

Officer of the French Navy Olivier Voutier (1796-1877) arrived in Greece in 1821. He participated in the expedition of Peta with the Battalion of Philhellenes. His Mémoires du colonel Voutier sur la guerre actuelle des grecs (1823) are an important source of information on the Greek Struggle. Voutier´s wish was to be remembered as a hero of the Greek Independence. He was honoured by the Greek state with the Golden Cross of the Order of the Redeemer.

Wilhelm Bellier de Launoy (1786-1826) was an officer of the Cavalry of the Prussian Army. He arrived in Greece in November 1821 and fought in the first phase of the siege of the Acropolis of Athens, under the orders of Dimitrios Ypsilantis. In Messolonghi he wrote his work Einige Worte über Griechenland to move the Philhellenes. He fought against Omer Vryonis in the Ligovitsa plain. He fell heroically at the Exodus of Missolonghi, on April 10, 1826.

Michele Gramsi (1786-1873) was an Italian Philhellene from Naples. He was an Artillery captain of the Army of the Kingdom of Naples. He participated in many military battles in Greece between 1821- 1827. At the end of the Greek Uprising, he continued to serve in the Greek Army as an officer. He died in 1873 in Athens. He was honoured with two medals for his services. He died in Athens in 1873.

British naval officer Frank Abney Hastings (1794-1828) arrived in Hydra in 1822. He took over the command of the Greek ship “Themistoklis”. He is the founder of the Greek Navy. Thanks to his own actions, Greeks acquired “Karteria” (the “frigate of fire”, as the Turks referred to it), of which he was the Commander. Hastings died in Zakynthos after a serious injury in Aetoliko (1828).

The German Philhellene Heinrich Treiber (1796-1882) participated in the Greek Struggle between 1822-1828 as a military doctor. He contributed decisively to the development of public health in Greece. Treiber helped significantly Greece during a great cholera epidemic which struck Athens in 1854. He taught Medicine at the University of Athens, and introduced anaesthesiology in Greece. He died in Athens in 1882.

The Swiss banker and diplomat Jean-Gabriel Eynard (1775-1863) was a pillar of the philhellenic movement in Europe – a true Benefactor of the Greek nation. His philhellenism was inspired by his acquaintance with Ioannis Kapodistrias at the Congress of Vienna. He coordinated the philhellenic committees in Europe, and financed the Greek Struggle.

Henri Fornèsy (1803-1872) was a Swiss Philhellene from Orbe. He served in the Regular Army as adjutant of the staff of the Company of Philhellenes, under the command of the French Philhellene Charles Fabvier, whom he followed in all his campaigns. In 1860 he compiled a list of the Philhellenes who fought for the Greek Independence. He died in Athens in 1872.

Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe (1801-1876) was a doctor and lawyer from Boston – a great American Philhellene and benefactor of Greece. During his stay in Greece, he received the nickname “Lafayette of the Greek Revolution”. He served as chief doctor in “Karteria”, the first steam powered ship of the Greek Navy. He and his wife, Julia Ward, offered great support to the Greek refugees during the Cretan Revolution. Samuel and Julia Howe worked intensively to abolish slavery.

Julia Ward Howe (1819 – 1910), was the wife of Samuel Gridley Howe, a passionate woman and a Philhellene who actively supported the struggle of the Cretan Revolutionaries. She founded the “Greek Relief Committee” in Boston and raised large sums to support Greeks. She is the composer of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. She was an advocate for abolitionism and women´s suffrage.

Italian jurist and Philhellene Giuseppe Chiappe (-1848) arrived in Hydra with his Philhellene wife, Chiara, in May 1820. When Hydra declared its participation in the Greek revolution in April 1821, Chiappe asked to join the navy. He was placed in the warship “Agamemnon”, under the commandership of Anastasios Tsamados, where he assumed the duties of secretary. He published the Friend of the Law (1824-1827) and taught at the Naval School of Hydra. In 1830 he was appointed to the judiciary.