Artist: Vasos Falireas
Location: Dionysios Solomos square, Georgios Grivas Digenis Avenue,
Pafos Municipality. Pafos district.
Material: Pentelic marble
Dimensions: 173 cm (+15 cm the basis ) x 51 cm x 37 cm
Category: Public Figures
Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou
Solomos (1798-1857) is regarded as the national Greek poet. His poems are constantly referring to the aspired freedom of the enslaved Greek nation and to the Greek War of Independence (1821). One of his poems, the “Hymn to Liberty” written in 1823 became the Greek national anthem in 1865. Solomos is considered as the Cypriot national poet, too, as, officially since 1966 Cyprus shares the same national anthem with Greece.
The bust was commissioned in 1972 by the Pafos’ Naturalist Group. The unveiling took place on June 2nd 1974.
~ Χαραυγή (Haravgi), February 16, 1973, p. 2.