Liberty Monument – Memorial to Grigoris Afxentiou (Γρηγόρης Αυξεντίου)

Μνημείο Γρηγόρη Αυξεντίου (2)n Μνημείο Γρηγόρη Αυξεντίου (3)n Μνημείο Γρηγόρη Αυξεντίου (7)n

Artist: Philippos Yiapanis 

Location: Archbishop Makarios III Avenue, Mesa Geitonia, Limassol district 

Category: ΕΟΚΑ 1955-59

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The memorial to Grigoris Afxentiou was commissioned by the Mesa Geitonia Cooperative Bank.

This is the second work of Philipos Yiapanis where the concept of liberty/freedom is symbolized by birds. The first one is the “Freedom message to the world” at Agia Napa, Ammochostos district. 

Here the concept is focused on the EOKA fighter Grigoris Afxentiou, the “Golden Eagle of Machairas”, as is evident by the open book where his presumed last words to his co-fighters are noted on the left page, while on the right, the flames insinuate the way he died.