Celebrated Philhellenes and the Siege of Tripolitsa on stamps and philatelic products
Τετάρτη, 22 Σεπτεμβρίου 2021



Throughout this year, Hellenic Post is participating in the celebrations surrounding the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution with stamps and philatelic products dedicated to this major anniversary.


On Thursday, 23rd September, Hellenic Post is issuing a Commemorative Set of Stamps entitled “Greece 1821-2021, Philhellenes”, while on the same day it is taking part in events organised by the Municipality of Tripoli to mark 200 years since the Siege of Tripolitsa.

In detail:

  •  Commemorative Set of Stamps: “Greece 1821-2021, Philhellenes”

See the video of the presentation


The stamps show five of the best-known philhellenes, whose iconic reputation rests on their contribution to the struggle for freedom and for the international impact of their work.


In this way, we honour the movement of Philhellenism that emerged during the 1821 Greek War of Independence and was an important chapter in world history.


The stamps feature:

Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837). The iconic Russian poet and writer followed the progress of the war of independence, keeping a diary and composing poems praising the struggle of the Greeks.

Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863), one of the pioneers of French Romanticism. “The Massacre at Chios” (1824) and “Greece on the ruins of Missolonghi” (1826) are among the most emblematic works of philhellenic art. Through his paintings, people around the world discovered a Greece that was suffering while fighting for its freedom, and that deserved moral and material support. He was a source of inspiration for dozens of other European artists and his passion helped fuel Philhellenism.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), English poet. In the preface to his lyric poem “Hellas” (1822), he states: “We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts, have their root in Greece." It was Shelley who convinced Lord Byron to go to Greece.

Samuel Howe (1801-1876) an American physician, lawyer, pioneering educator and philanthropist. An admirer of Lord Byron, Howe came to revolutionary Greece as soon as he had concluded his medical training, volunteering as a doctor and going on to become a national benefactor by organising a fundraising campaign to help organise the newly founded state and its care facilities.

Karl Krazeisen (1794-1878), a German soldier, volunteer and painter. Krazeisen came to Greece in 1826, fought alongside the Greeks, and painted a series of portraits in which leading figures of the revolution were depicted as heroes from mythology.

First Day Covers and Numbered Albums are also available.


The “Greece 1821-2021, Philhellenes” Commemorative Set of Stamps and associated products were designed by Myrsini Vardopoulou.

Find the stamps and philatelic products at Hellenic Post’s branches and e-shop here

  • Collectible items commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Siege of Tripolitsa

On the same day, 23rd September, Hellenic Post is taking part in the Municipality of Tripoli’s celebrations to mark 200 years since the Siege of Tripolitsa, with the launch of special philatelic products designed exclusively for the anniversary.

These are a mini-sheet with four self-adhesive Personalised Stamps and a numbered Special Collectible Album containing the stamps and a Special Commemorative Cover with a commemorative postmark.

The products feature the lithograph “Kefalas Raises the Flag of Freedom in Tripolitsa” by Peter von Hess (1792-1871), and a painting of the architect of the siege, Theodoros Kolokotronis, by George Rorris. They were adapted by Marina Lasithiotaki.

Hellenic Post would like to thank the Benaki Museum and Georgios Rorris for permission to reproduce the paintings.

The official launch will take place as part of the Municipality of Tripoli’s celebrations of the anniversary at an open event at the Apostolopouleon Cultural Centre on Thursday 23rd September at 6 p.m., where philatelic items can be purchased and postmarked, creating a rare collection.

The products will also be available at Hellenic Post’s network of branches and at the e-shop 

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