The Battle of Navarino is the culmination of military operations at sea during the Greek Revolution. On October 20, 1827, in present-day Pylos on the west coast of the Peloponnese, the allied British, Russian, and French squadrons under commander-in chief Admiral Edward Codrington crushed the respective Turkish-Egyptian forces. The aim of the allies was to stop Ibrahim’s military operations in the Peloponnese, thus enforcing the Treaty of London (1827), according to which an autonomous Greek state would be established under the sovereignty of the Sultan, with its borders drawn across the Amvrakikos and Pagasitikos Gulfs. In the Bay of Navarino the allied British-Russian-French fleet consisting of 27 ships devastated the abundance of Ottoman forces (106 ship-strong).
The anniversary exhibition “Run onto the waves of the formidable sea. 1821, the War at Sea.” organised by Eugenides Foundation and the National State Archives features a special section on the Battle of Navarino developed by the NAVS Project.
A selection of the ships that took part in the battle are presented in the exhibition for the first time with the use of cutting-edge technologies such as 3D digital ship models and virtual reality applications*.
* The VR applications can be used by visitors over 13 years old.
A few words about the exhibition
At the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence, Greek sailors, captains, and shipowners offered their fleet and money to the common cause. Their vast maritime experience played an important role in the Revolution against the Ottomans. The exhibition places the important figures of the War at into the wider context of the upsurge that shaped their decisions, actions and relationships.
The exhibition at the Eugenides Foundation presents the War at Sea in six chronological and thematic sections through original documents from the General State Archives. Starting just before the outbreak of the Revolution, visitors are guided through the context of the Aegean and Ionian maritime communities, their actions and reactions, the administration of shipping the war operations at sea, the merchant and navy fleet, privateering and piracy and the most important heroes of the maritime history.
Besides the General State Archives, the exhibition borrows material from the Historical Archive-Museum of Hydra, the Archivio di Stato di Napoli, and the private Dimitris and Androniki Kostopoulos collection.
The exhibition idea and texts were developed by Gelina Harlaftis, Director of the Institute of Mediterranean Studies, (FORTH) and Professor of Maritime History, University of Crete.
Architectural design: “Architectonofilia”
Original exhibition composition “Thus death lost sovereignty”: Dimitris Petsetakis