The Printing Houses during the Greek Revolution - Εικόνα

The National Library of Greece (NLG), in cooperation with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), presents an exhibition entitled “The Printing Houses during the Greek Revolution”.

Which are the printing houses during the Greek Revolution? When do they start operating and for how long? Which factors affect their operation? What is their contribution to the Greek Revolution?

The establishment and operation of printing houses in the revolted Greek territory starts just a few months after the beginning of the Greek War of Independence. Since they are almost entirely short-term attempts, printing houses become known and historically established on the basis of the place they operate: Kalamata, Korinthos, Hydra, Missolonghi, Athens, Psara, Nafplio, Aegina. From 1821 to 1827, printing houses serve the aims of the Greek Revolution in various ways despite difficulties in issues related both to technical equipment and human resources.

The production of those printing houses consists of more or less forty-four books, seven newspapers and at least two hundred and twenty single-page leaflets. Representative samples from the National Library of Greece collections are presented in cooperation with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center emphasizing the role the printing press played during those crucial times.

In parallel, there is an exhibition entitled “The Influence of the European Enlightenment in the formation of the new Hellenic State”. The work of great European Enlightenment thinkers (John Locke, Voltaire, the Encyclopaedists, Cesare Beccaria, etc.) is presented alongside their translations in Greek by equally important representatives of the Neo-Hellenic Enlightenment (Evgenios Voulgaris, Rigas Velestinlis and Adamantios Korais). The action falls within the framework of the European Commision Erasmus + programme entitled “The Future of Cultural Heritage in Modern Europe”. 


Daily, 29/12/2021 - 27/02/2022 | 09.30 - 20.00


According to the latest measures to protect public health from the risk of spreading COVID-19, a valid vaccination certificate or a valid disease certificate, is required for the public to enter the exhibition venue, as the venue operates as a pure venue. The above applies to adults. Minors from 4 to 17 years old may, alternatively, submit a statement of negative self test (24 hours), a certificate of PCR (72 hours) or rapid (48 hours) diagnostic test, in accordance with the recent government measures.

A parallel identity check will be carried out on the persons who show the required certificates, as provided by law.

Participants must wear a mask and keep their distance both during attendance and during events and in accordance with the instructions of NPHO.

Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.

 The exhibition is financed by the National Library of Greece and has received a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

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