Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829 and became a kingdom (1832-1924). During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, Greece gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations.The kingdom was restored in 1935 and lasted until 1974. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and Communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country. In 1974, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001.

Greece began printing their stamps in 1861. Printing of Mary stamps began in 1943.


Map of Greece



To view more information about a certain stamp, click on that stamp.
Pour lire les informations sur un timbre, appuyez sur ce timbre.

Virgin and Child

Presentation of Christ—
manuscript eleventh century

Wood Carving—
Church of St. Nicolas

Emperor Constantine and Justinian offerings to Virgin Mary, Byzantine Mosaic



Miraculous Icon of Our Lady
of the Annunciation found
in Tinos—1873

Nativity—Manuscript in Esfigmenou Monastery —Mount Athos

Flight into Egypt—eleventh century—
Codex of Dionysos Monastery on Mount Athos

Virgin and Child—
sixteenth century—Icon—
Stavronikita Monastery

Madonna and Child

Byzantine Bas-relief

eighteenth century

eighteenth century

Presentation in the Temple— Icon—
eighteenth century

Madonna and Child Enthroned—Benaki Museum—fifteenth century

Adoration of the Magi— Benaki Museum—
fifteenth century

Adoration of the Magi

The Annunciation
Return to Mary on Stamps
Retour a Timbres Mariales



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