Tag Archives: Aglandjia Municipality (Δήμος Αγλαντζιάς)

General Evaggelos Florakis (Ευάγγελος Φλωράκης) statue

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Artist: Nikolaos Kotziamanis

Location: General Headquarters of the National Guard, Lemesou Avenue,             Aglandjia. Nicosia district

Category: National Guard

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The initiative for the statue was taken in 2003 by the Pan-Cypriot Association of Reservist Commandos, and the Greek Cypriot Association of Reservist Commandos in England. The unveiling took place on October 2nd 2004 in front of the Military Police premises, at Archbishop Makarios III Avenue (Aglandjia) where the statue was initially placed. In 2011, following the abandonment of Military Police premises, the statue was transferred to General Headquarters of the National Guard.

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Artist: Nikos Kyprianou

Location: Entrance of the International Conference Center, Aglandjia. Nicosia district.

Category: Modern sculpture

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The artwork was placed at the entrance of the building in 2012. It was commissioned following a 1992 state law which requires all state entities should invest 1% of their annual budget in artworks which will be placed in their premises.

This artwork was commissioned for the Cypriot presidency of the EU in 2012. The artist uses the 27 wheels to symbolically represent the EU members which are interconnected in such a way that the rotation of one of them has a direct impact on the rest.

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Kyriakos Karaolis (Κυριάκος Καραολής) bust

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Artist: Marios Garyfalakis

Location: 1st and 2nd elementary school premises, Aglandjia. Nicosia district.

Material: Marble

Category: ΕΟΚΑ 1955-59

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The initiative for the bust was taken in 1964 by the national association “Olymbos” who coordinated an extensive fundraising. The unveiling took place on November 15th 1964.

Selected sources:
~ Μάχη (Mahi), October 17, 1962, p. 4.
~ Ιστορικό Αρχείο ΣΙΜΑΕ (Historical Archive of the Board for the Historical Memory of the EOKA 1955-59 struggle), 17.2009.10, Meeting Minutes October 9, 2008.

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Memorial to the dead Policemen

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Artist: George Kyriacou

Location: Police Headquarters, Lemesou Avenue, Aglandjia. Nicosia district

Category: Public Figures, Inter-communal conflicts 1963-64, 1974 Coup, Turkish Invasion, Modern sculpture

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The memorial was funded by the Cypriot policemen. It was commissioned in 1968 and was delivered in 1973. The unveiling took place on April 15th 1973.

According to the art competition call it should depict: “the exacerbation of the sacrificial spirit of the dead Policemen”. According to the artist George Kyriacou “the two gigantic hemispheres assimilate to two gigantic police helmets and constitute the basis of the monument. They balance in a subtle way implying policemen’s difficult task to safeguard and keep in balance the counterweighing social and political forces”.

The same symbolisms are attributed to the vertical brass construction.

Selected sources:
~ Κρατικό Αρχείο Κύπρου, Αρχείο Πολιτιστικών Υπηρεσιών Υπουργείου Παιδείας & Πολιτισμού (State Archive of Cyprus): 268/1968, Meeting Minutes December 30, 1969.

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Memorial to Evaggelos Florakis (Ευάγγελος Φλωράκης) and the National Guard officers

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Artist: Nikos Kouroussis 

Location: National Guard Headquarters, Lemesou Avenue, Aglandjia. Nicosia district

Category: National Guard, Modern sculpture

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The memorial is dedicated to the five military officers who died on July 10th 2002 in the Bell 206 helicopter crash at Kouklia, Pafos district. The initiative for the memorial was taken in 2004 by the Committee of Police Officers’ Co-operative Bank of Cyprus. The unveiling took place on July 11th 2005. 

Selected sources:
~ Αρχείο Συμβουλευτικής Επιτροπής Μνημείων Υπουργείου Παιδείας & Πολιτισμού (Advisory Monuments’ Committee) 14.3.01/6, document September 17, 2003; competition call document; Meeting Minutes January 26, 2004.
~ Αρχείο Συμβουλευτικής Επιτροπής Μνημείων Υπουργείου Παιδείας & Πολιτισμού (Advisory Monuments’ Committee) 14.3.01/7, document February 26, 2004.

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Archbishop Makarios III (Αρχιεπίσκοπος Μακάριος Γ’) statue

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Artist: Andros Kazamias

Location: Police Headquarters, Lemesou Avenue, Aglandjia. Nicosia district

Material: Stone

Category: Cypriot Church, Public Figures, ΕΟΚΑ 1955-59

Photography: Adrienne Christiansen

The initiative for the statue of Makarios III was taken by the Police Associations and was commissioned in 1985 after a competition call. The cost was covered by fundraising among the Cypriot Police force members. The unveiling took place on June 18th 1992

Selected sources:
~ Φιλελεύθερος (Fileleftheros), March 24, 1985, p. 2.
~ Φιλελεύθερος (Fileleftheros), January 19, 1992, p. 20.
~ Κρατικό Αρχείο Κύπρου, Αρχείο Πολιτιστικών Υπηρεσιών Υπουργείου Παιδείας & Πολιτισμού (State Archive of Cyprus): 268/1968/4, competition call document; Meetings Minutes June 29, 1984; October 18, 1984.
~ Αρχείο Συμβουλευτικής Επιτροπής Μνημείων Υπουργείου Παιδείας & Πολιτισμού (Advisory Monuments’ Committee) 14.3.01/6, documents October 13, 2003; July 17, 2003; January 26, 2004.

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Memorial to the Benefactors Alexandra N. Iacovidis (Αλεξάνδρα Ν. Ιακωβίδη) and Nikolaos Iacovidis (Νικόλαος Ιακωβίδης)

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Artist: Unknown

Location: Saint Nicholaos church, Aglandjia. Nicosia district 

Category: Public Figures, Cypriot Women 

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

Alexandra and Nikolaos Iakovidis were benefactors. No further information is available.

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Memorial to the Greco-Turkish alliance

Μνημείο Ελληνοτουρκικής Φιλίας (4)n Μνημείο Ελληνοτουρκικής Φιλίας (5)n Μνημείο Ελληνοτουρκικής Φιλίας (7)n

Artist: Unknown

Location: Greco-Turkish Alliance Square, Larnakas Avenue, Aglandjia. Nicosia district

Material: Cement and Brick

Category: Inter-communal relations, Modern sculpture

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The initiative for the monument was taken in 1982 by the committee for Aglandjia environmental improvement. Before Aglandjia became a municipality this committee was the only official authority for Aglandjia area. The decision ignited intense reaction from “Kyriakos Karaolis” nationalist association that took it as “an attempt that undermines the fighting spirit and morally enslaves our people […] The timing for such monuments is unrealistic when the biggest part of Aglandjia fields are occupied”. Equally intense were the reactions of the inhabitants, a large part of which are refugees from the occupied areas, commenting: “If they dare go through the ‘Monument of Disgrace’, we will have no choice but to burn it”.

The unveiling took place in 1983.

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~ Σημερινή (Simerini), August 12, 1983, p. 9.

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Nikos Nikolaou (Νίκος Νικολάου) bust

Νίκος Νικολάου (1)n Νίκος Νικολάου (5)n

Artist: Leonidas Spanos

Location: The University of Cyprus, 75 Kallipoleos Avenue, Aglandjia. Nicosia district

Material: Marble

Dimensions: 120 cm x 57 cm x 48 cm

Category: Turkish Invasion

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The initiative was taken in 2001 by the University of Cyprus Graduates of 1971. The unveiling took place on January 19th 2003.

Selected sources:
~ Αρχείο Συμβουλευτικής Επιτροπής Μνημείων Υπουργείου Παιδείας & Πολιτισμού (Advisory Monuments’ Committee) 14.3.01/4, document December 5, 2002.

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Andreas D. Geroudis (Ανδρέας Δ. Γερούδης) bust

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Artist: Aggelos Makridis

Location: The University of Cyprus, 75 Kallipoleos Avenue, Aglandjia. Nicosia district

Material: Brass

Dimensions: 130 cm x 42 cm x 41 cm

Category: Inter-communal conflicts 1963-64

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The initiative was taken by the Cyprus Academy of Education and the unveiling took place on June 29th 1971.

Selected sources:
~ Αγών (Agon), June 30, 1971, p. 1.
~ Academy of Education yearbook 1970-1971.

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Memorial to Fotis Pittas (Φώτης Πίττας)

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Artist: Nikos Dymiotis 

Location: The University of Cyprus, 75 Kallipoleos Avenue, Aglandjia. Nicosia district 

Material: Marble

Category: ΕΟΚΑ 1955-59

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The initiative was taken in 1959 by the Cyprus Academy of Education who coordinated the fundraising. The unveiling took place on October 18th 1961.

The stele depicts an archaic kori crowning Fotis Pittas with a laurel wreath. Judging by the spear she holds on her left hand and although she does not appear with her familiar classic features, we could identify her to Athena, being also the goddess praising heroic endeavour.  

Selected sources:
~ Χαραυγή (Haravgi), September 18, 1959, p. 2.
~ Χαραυγή (Haravgi), October 28, 1959, p. 2.
~ Φιλελεύθερος (Fileleftheros), October 19, 1961, p. 1.
~ Academy of Education yearbook 1961-1962.

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Material-Time

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Artist: Nikos Kouroussis 

Location: The University of Cyprus, 75 Kallipoleos Avenue, Aglandjia. Nicosia district 

Category: Modern sculpture

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The artwork is dedicated to Zenon Kitiefs (Ζήνων Κιτιεύς) and was an initiative taken by the first University of Cyprus graduates of 1996. Zinon (334-363 B.C.) was originally from Kition, a village outside Larnaka city and lived in Athens, where he founded the stoic philosophical school. The unveiling took place in June 1996.

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Cypriot Policeman statue

 Ανδριάντας Κύπριου Αστυνομικού (8)n Ανδριάντας Κύπριου Αστυνομικούn

Artist: Nikolaos Kotziamanis 

Location: Evaggelou Floraki St., Aglandjia. Nicosia district

Material: Brass

Category: Public Figures

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The statue was donated to the Cypriot Police by the artist Nikolaos Kotziamanis. It is dedicated to all policemen who did their duty serving their fellow citizens. The unveiling took place on October 27th 2010.

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Hephaestus statue

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Artist: Vasilis Kattos 

Location: Technical School of Nicosia, Aglandjia. Nicosia district.

Category: Modern sculpture

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The statue was commissioned by the Aglandjia Technical School, with the initiative of the students of 1983-1984 class.

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