Vasilis Michaelidis (Βασίλης Μιχαηλίδης) bust

Προτομή Βασίλη Μιχαηλίδη (1)n Προτομή Βασίλη Μιχαηλίδη (4)n

Artist: Antonis Sohos 

Location: Agia Zoni avenue and Vasili Michaelidi street, Limassol. Limassol district

Material: Pentelic marble

Dimensions: 180 cm (+24 cm the pedestal) x 39 cm x 29 cm

Category: Public Figures, Public sculpture before 1960

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

Vasilis Michaelidis is ranked among the most prominent Cypriot poets. He is the writer of the poem “July 9th 1821, Nicosia, Cyprus” which commemorates the death of Archbishop Kyprianos. 

The initiative was taken by an ad hoc private committee and the Limassol Municipality which coordinated the fundraising. The bust was commissioned to the Greek sculptor Antonis Sohos and was finished and shipped by December 1951. The unveiling took place on July 15th 1953. 

Selected sources:
~ Αλήθεια (Alithia), July 28, 1952, p. 1. 
~ Έθνος (Ethnos), July 8, 1952, p. 1.
~ Έθνος (Ethnos), July 16, 1953, p. 1. 
~ Εσπερινή (Esperini), July 28, 1952, p. 1. 
~ Κύπρος (Kypros), February 9, 1953, p. 6. 
~ Savvidis Christakis, Περιδιαβάζοντας τη Λεμεσό (Strolling around Limassol). Limassol Municipality: 1991.