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Secret School - the 1821 Revolution

If it weren’t for the Greek heroes of the Greek Revolution of 1821, there would not be a Greek nation today. They shed their sweat, blood and tears for the sake of their homeland, freedom, ideals, religion and faith.

In their memory and honour, I created an embroidery of the secret school, as you can see here.

I would like to emphasize that the Greek Orthodox Church played an important role for the liberation of the Greek nation from the Ottoman yoke after 400 years of occupation and slavery.

Greek children at that time were going to secret schools, which were often created from underground caves or hide-away rooms in the walls of monastries and other buildings. Here, the childen were taught basic skills of education and their Orthodox Christian faith but also a high moral and trust in their homeland, Greece.

"Greek's should not feel humiliated because they were not destined to become slaves," was the motto of encouragement during the dark period of oppression.

I will offer these hand embroidered cards as a gift to the mayor of Nafplio, in the Peloponnese, the first Greek capital after the liberation of Greece from the Ottoman Empire.

Another reason I offer this to the mayor of Nafplio is because my father, Nicolaos Kondovrakis, who was captain of the commercial Marine and was honored by General Papagos, the then Prime Minister of Greece, came from Nafplio; as was my uncle Ioannis Kondovrakis, who was deputy of Argolis and became Vice-President of the Greek Parliament (1974-1977).

I created this artwork out of my love for my homeland and for all the people who have expressed appreciation of my work.