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Alexander Ypsilantis

Alexander Ypsilantis was a main figure of the Greek Revolution of 1821.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1869 It is the prevalent date of creation (sculptor Leonidas Drossis [1834-1882]) because exaclty when it was created, remains unclear.

    1964 It was moved from its original location (National Technical University) at the Pedion tou Areos (=Champs de Mars).

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

This is the only “cenotaph” of its kind in Greece. It depicts a male figure sleeping. It is made of marble. Its dimensions are (height) x 2,10 (length) x 1 (width) x 1 (hight) m. The side parts of the sarcophagus have sculpture decorations.

What I can't see

Alexander Ypsilantis was one of the most important figures of the Greek Revolution of 1821. He came from a powerful family from Fanary in Moldavia and Wallachia (now in Romania), served in the Russian Army, distinguished himself in the Napoleonic wars and was captain of the “Filiki Etaireia” (=Friendly Society), which was formed to support the armed struggle of the Greeks against the Sultan. The sarcophagus of Alexander Ypsilantis was originally built as a cenotaph, but in 1964 his bones were transferred from Vienna and stored inside the sculpture.


  • Address: Pedion tou Areos


Antonopoulou Z., (2003), Τα γλυπτά της Αθήνας, Υπαίθρια Γλυπτική1834-2004 [The sculptures of Athens, Outdoor sculpting 1834-2004], Potamos


Broucek P., (1964-5), Alexander Ypsilantis Gefangenschaft in Österreich, in Mitteilungen des Österreichischen Staatsarchivs, v. 17/18, 1964/65, p.p. 550-559