Category Archives: International relations

Alexander Pushkin bust

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Artist: Alexander Belashov 

Location: Limassol Municipal Park, 28th October street, Limassol. Limassol district 

Material: Brass

Dimensions: 150 cm (+15 cm the step) x 63 cm x 40 cm

Category: International relations, Public Figures

Photography: Adrienne Christiansen 

The bust was commissioned by the Russian State and was donated to Limassol Municipality and Cyprus for the celebrations of 200 years since Pushkin’s birth. The monument was funded by the association of Russian businessmen in Cyprus. The unveiling took place on December 2nd 2000.

The photograph is available here courtesy of Dr. Adrienne Christiansen.

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Memorial to the dead sailors 1964-1974

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Artist: Unknown 

Location: Limassol promenade. Limassol district.

Material: Brass

Category: Inter-communal conflicts 1963-64, Turkish Invasion, International relations

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The memorial was commissioned by the Hellenic Navy. It is dedicated to the contribution of the navy during the inter-communal conflicts and the Turkish invasion in Cyprus. The unveiling took place on June 29th 1994.

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The Wheel of History & Planet Earth

Planet Earthn The weel of Historyn

Planet Earth & twining citiesn

Artist: Nikolas M. Milakkas 

Location: Limassol Municipality premises. Limassol district 

Material: Stone

Category: International relations

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The two sculptures were made to commemorate the twining of Limassol Municipality with its sister cities listed on the pedestal.  

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Mahatma Gandhi bust

Μαχάτμα Γκάντι (3)n Μαχάτμα Γκάντι (9)n

Artist: Unknown

Location: Nehru Avenue, next to the Cyprus Parliament, Nicosia. Nicosia district

Material: Brass

Dimensions: 181 cm (in height) x 161 cm (max. width) cm x 87 cm

Category: International relations, Non-Aligned Movement

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The initiative for the bust was taken by the Government of India and was donated to the Government of Cyprus. The unveiling took place on July 10th 1972.

Selected sources:
~ Αγών (Agon), June 29, 1972, p. 1.
~ Αγών (Agon), July 11, 1972, p. 1.
~ Πατρίς (Patris), July 13, 1972, p. 3.
~ Matthopoulou, Evangelia. 2012. «Μνημεία, Προτομές και Ανδριάντες στο Δήμο Λευκωσίας» (“Monuments, busts and statues in Nicosia Municipality”), Φιλολογική Κύπρος 2009-2011 (Philoloyiki Kypros 2009-2011), Nicosia: Hellenic Intellectual Association of Cyprus.

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Monument to Goddess Athena

Θεά Αθηνά Παλλουριώτισσα (2)n Θεά Αθηνά Παλλουριώτισσα (3)n

Artist: Unknown

Location: Egeos Avenue, Pallouriotissa Lyceum, Nicosia. Nicosia district 

Material: Brass

Dimensions: 2.35 meters

Category: International relations, Ancient Greek & Byzantine legacy

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The statue is an exact copy of Efranoras’, student of Phidias, work of 340-330 B.C. The original Athena goddess of Efranoras is exhibited in Piraeus Archeological Museum, Athens. 

The statue was donated by the Municipality of Athens to the Municipality of Nicosia. The unveiling took place on October 7th 2002.

Selected sources:
~ Αρχείο Δήμου Λευκωσίας (Nicosia Municipality Archive), 06-7.12, documents May 30, 2002; July 1, 2002;  July 2, 2002; July 25, 2002.
~ Αρχείο Δήμου Λευκωσίας (Nicosia Municipality Archive), 06-7.13, documents September 10, 2002; September 13, 2002; September 25, 2002.
~ Αρχείο Δήμου Λευκωσίας (Nicosia Municipality Archive), 06-7.14, document October 8, 2002.

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Twinning

Γλυπτό Διδυμοποίηση (5)n Γλυπτό Διδυμοποίηση (10)n

Artist: Philippos Yiapanis

Location: Triandrias (Triumvirate) square, Mesa Geitonia. Limassol district

Category: Modern sculpture, International relations

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The work was commissioned by the Mesa Geitonia Municipality on the occasion of its twining with Triandrias (Triumvirate) Municipality of Thessaloniki, Greece. The unveiling took place on April 10th 2009.

Yiapanis’ characteristic fluid shapes are applied here in the forms of two birds. Their naturalistic features gave way to two abstractive forms which underline sameness through the repetition, and preserve the artist’s familiar upwards motion of his artworks.

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Memorial to the Armenian Genocide

Μνημείο Αρμενικής Γενοκτονίας (1) n

Μνημείο Αρμενικής Γενοκτονίας (12) n  Μνημείο Αρμενικής Γενοκτονίας (14) n

Artist: Giorgos Kalakallas 

Location: Larnaka marina, Finikoudes beach walk, Athinon Avenue. Larnaka district. 

Material: Brass and granite 

Category: Armenians, International relations, Inter-communal relations, Modern sculpture

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The monument marks the place where Armenian refugees, fleeing persecution during the “Armenian massacres” or “Great Crime” of 1915, first landed in Cyprus. According to the plaque inserted on the nearby wall “It represents the gratitude of the Armenian nation towards the people of Cyprus for their assistance and generosity to those refugees and stands in memory of the countless victims of the Armenian genocide”. 

The creation of the memorial was a joint effort on part of Cyprus and Armenia. It was initiated by the Armenian Representative in the Cypriot parliament Bedros Kalaydjian and funded by Cyprus government. The unveiling took place on May 28th 2008. 

Selected sources:
~Αρχείο Συμβουλευτικής Επιτροπής Μνημείων Υπουργείου Παιδείας & Πολιτισμού (Advisory Monuments’ Committee) 14.3.01/9, document May 19, 2005; July 19, 2005.

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The lion of Venice

Γλυπτό Διδυμοποίησης Λάρνακας-Βενετίας (2) n

Γλυπτό Διδυμοποίησης Λάρνακας-Βενετίας (4) n

Artist: Unknown

Location: Athinon Avenue, Finikoudes beach walk, Larnaka. Larnaka district.

Material: Marble

Category: International relations

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

This specific type of lion is known as the lion of Saint Mark and is the symbol of the city of Venice. The lion is also one of the four beasts, along with the eagle, the ox, and the winged man (or angel), that symbolize the four evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). According to the Venetian tradition when Saint Mark arrived in Venice an angel appeared to him saying: “Pax tibi Marce, evangelista meus” (May peace be with you, Mark, my evangelist). This phrase is written here on the book pages. The lion expresses the power of the Evangelist’s word and is itself a symbol of power and majesty. Its’ wings are an allegory of spiritual elevation and the book summarizes the concepts of wisdom, peace and the state (or city, in Larnaka’s case) sovereignty.   

The monument was offered to Larnaka city by Venice Municipality in memory of the Adriatic twinning of the two cities. The unveiling took place on October 2nd 2011.

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Friendship Columns

Pope Benedict 16th column n  Κίονας Φιλίας Κύπρου - Ρωσίας n

Κίονας Φιλίας Κύπρου-Γερμανίας n

Artist: Unknown 

Location: Friendship Park, Larnaka International Airport 

Category: International relations

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The initiative for the erection of the three columns was taken by Hermes Airports. they commemorate Pope Benedict XVI, Germany’s Chancellor  Angela Merkel and Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Cyprus. 

The column dedicated to Pope Benedict XVI follows the ancient Greek Doric style. A Doric Greek Cypriot version of the 1st c. B.C. is applied for the column dedicated to Cypriot Russian friendship. Both of them are made of stone. The Cypriot German friendship column is made of marble and follows the Corinthian style. The unveiling took place on June 23rd, 2011. 

Selected sources:
~Χαραυγή (Haravgi), June 24, 2011, p. 9.

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Municipalities twinning monument

P1020778ν P1020776ν

ArtistKyriakos Rokos

LocationKonstantinou Paleologou street, Geroskipou. Pafos district. 

CategoryInternational relations

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The monument was commissioned by the Agia Paraskevi Municipality, Athens, Greece as a mark of friendship and solidarity with the Geroskipou Municipality, Cyprus.

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