When art meets history and technology, history becomes the greatest place of memories and knowledge.


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By Mia Kollia
Translated by Alexandros Theodoropoulos
Inspired by Morias’21 
200 years have passed since the start of the Greek Revolution and the cultural tourism programme MORIAS '21 celebrates this important anniversary by inviting visitors from all over the world to meet in the Peloponnese, the place where the Greek Fight for Independence was established. With many activities and interactive experiences in the historical place of Peloponnese, visitors meet history itself. 
As a culmination of the MORIAS '21 programme, the Captain Vassilis & Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation and TEMES took the initiative to collaborate with Google Arts & Culture. The goal was twofold: the depiction of the most important moments of the Revolution in the Peloponnese, regarded as the geographical core of the events, but also a unique opportunity to spread the values ​​of the Fight for freedom, justice, unity and faith in the common vision that inspired the philosophy of the MORIAS ‘21 programme. 


The choice to collaborate with Google Arts & Culture was not accidental. Dissemination of information and accessibility of knowledge through technology has today become an important factor in evaluating the success of modern actions. The promotion of digital knowledge, art and history, on a global platform such as Google, makes it accessible to all. It’s a timeless educational tool that inspires us for further research and action.  

Some of the significant works of art that are presented, either in the database as art exhibits or as narrative tools in thematic stories, are exhibited online for the first time and the visitors of the platform can experience a unique cultural experience from their home. Thus, digital stories were created based on the axes of MORIAS '21. These stories include historical routes in the Peloponnese, art, history, gastronomy and nature.

At the same time, satellite presentations are prepared in collaboration with organisations such as the National History Museum, the Collection of Greek Costumes G.B. Karelia and Playmogreek, which will enhance visually and historically both the database and the overall experience of the site visitor.

"MORIAS'21" digital collection by Google Arts & Culture

The digital collection contains almost 200 works of art. The most interesting of them, which are already online, include "The Battle of Navarino" by Jean-Charles Langlois, "The Fall of Acrocorinth" by Peter Von Hess, "Engraving of Nafplio" by Karl Krazeisen, "Greek woman pending the outcome of a battle" by H. Decaisne, "The Greeks are immortal" by G. de Galard as well as historical objects such as the helmet of General Theodoros Kolokotronis, exhibit of the National Historical Museum. Several works will be added in the coming months and the digital collection will include 500 exhibits in total. 

 Online Exhibits
The exhibits now available on Google Arts & Culture take us on a journey through history, focusing mainly on the following:
- Thematic itineraries - Discovering the Peloponnese: Specific thematic itineraries have been selected from the 21 in total offered by the cultural tourism program MORIAS ‘21. The routes, which can be combined in excursions of 3, 5 or 7 days, include emblematic towns, villages, castles and other places where important decisions were made in East and West Mani, Kalamata, Corinth, Monemvasia, Nafplio, Pylos and Tripoli.


- History - Testimonies from Heirlooms and Paintings: Paintings of Greek and foreign artists donated by the Benaki Museum, the National History Museum, the Historical Folklore Museum of Kalamata, the Argolic Archive Library of History & Culture and the Costa Navarino Art Collection, in combination with the narration of the events by the protagonists but also with a parallel citation of historical testimonies that take us to the most important areas of Morias.

- Gastronomy - Tastes of the Greek Revolution: Based on research by the University of Peloponnese, you will find online a special 12-course menu by famous chef Lefteris Lazarou, based on ingredients and recipes of the Revolution era. At the same time, the Master of Wine Konstantinos Lazarakis selects special varieties of wine from the Peloponnese, which are ideally combined with each recipe.

- Art - Murals of the Greek Revolution: Inspired by the Greek Revolution and its heroes, young artists created murals that transformed the urban environment of selected towns in the Peloponnese. The program was implemented by the 13th Laboratory of the School of Fine Arts, under the supervision of Dr. Erato Hadjisavva, who was in charge of the historical documentation and the artistic supervision of the illustration.

- Nature - Trees can speak: In collaboration with the University of Peloponnese, the Agricultural University of Athens, the Kalamata Environmental Education Center and with the support of the Olayan Group, the MORIAS '21 programme mapped age-old trees of the Peloponnese as living memories of the Greek Revolution.

About Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture brings together the collections of over 2,000 museums. It's an interactive way to explore the art, history and wonders of the world - from the paintings in Van Gogh's room to the women's rights movement and the Taj Mahal. The Google Arts & Culture app is available for free.

For more information on the MORIAS ’21 programme, visit 

You can find the collection of the Captain Vassilis & Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation online through the Google Arts & Culture platform and through the Google Arts & Culture application, which is free and available for iOS and Android devices.