The Greek Revolution and the war of indepen-dence which started in 1821 came out of a strong national feeling and contact with the radical ideas of the European Enlightenment and the French Revolution.
Thanks to Greece’s huge classical heritage, tremendous world sympathy developed for its cause against the Ottomans. Once more, art, culture, civilisation and Greece became synonyms.
Today, visitors to the country are often surprised to find that Greek history weaves through the centuries with threads of intense colour and diversity. The ideas, the concepts of philosophy, education and art that ancient Greece left as world heritage formed the foundation for modern civilisation.