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Architecture as ideology and politics: the Monument of the Revolution



Architecture as ideology and politics: the Monument of the Revolution


2 November 2021


After 1829, several decisions were taken and plans were made for the construction of “monuments of gratitude” focusing on the Church of the Saviour that doubles as a heroon to Greek independence. The discussions followed the cycle of jubilee celebrations in increments of 50 years from 1821, as well as other subdivisions of mnemonic time. The initiatives were spearheaded by important politicians, many locations were proposed, from Omonoia and Syntagma squares to Mount Lycabettus, and important architects submitted numerous designs. The investigation of the ways in which the idea of these “monuments of gratitude” mutates over time from the point of view of ideology, politics, and architecture highlights the changing perception of the Greek Revolution, as it was articulated successively in the discourse that defines the respective signifier of “memory” and “gratitude”, as well as the projection of this discourse in the symbolic geography of the city and the architectural representation of the monument, with or without the Church of the Saviour. The mapping and critical consideration of the proposals allows us to illuminate the perception of the nation and its history, that is, the reason that constructs the meaning of modern Greece, “reading” between the lines of the historiography of the last 200 years.

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