Eleftherios Venizelos sculpture
Eleftherios Kyriakou Venizelos (full name Elefthιrios Kyriαkou Venizιlos, [23 August 1864 – 18 March 1936] was an eminent leader of the Greek national liberation movement and a charismatic statesman of the early 20th century, remembered for his promotion of liberal-democratic policies.
As leader of the Liberal Party, he was elected several times, in total eight, as the Prime Minister of Greece, serving from 1910 to 1920 and from 1928 to 1933. Venizelos had such profound influence on the internal and external affairs of Greece that he is credited with being "the maker of modern Greece", and is still widely known as the "Ethnarch".
His first appearance in the international scene was with his significant role in the autonomy of the Cretan State and later in the union of Crete with Greece. Soon, he was invited to Greece to resolve the political deadlock and became the country's Prime Minister.
Not only did he initiate constitutional and economic reforms that set the basis for the modernization of Greek society, but also reorganized both army and navy in preparation for future conflicts. Before the Balkan Wars of 1912–1913, Venizelos' catalytic role helped Greece enter the Balkan League, an alliance of the Balkan states against Ottoman Empire.
Through his diplomatic acumen, Greece doubled its area and population with the liberation of Macedonia, Epirus, and most of the Aegean islands.
In World War I (1914–1918), he secured Greece's alliance with the entent, further expanding its borders. However, his pro-entent foreign policy brought him into direct conflict with the central-powers-allied monarchy, causing the National Schism.
The Schism polarized the population between the royalists and Venizelists and the struggle for power between the two groups affected greece's political and social life for decades. Following entent's victory, Venizelos secured new territorial gains, especially in Anatolia, coming close to realizing the Megali Idea. Despite his achievements, he was defeated in the 1920 General Election, which contributed to the eventual Greek defeat in the Greco-Turkish War (1919–22). Venizelos, in self-imposed exile, represented Greece in the negotiations that led to the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne, and the agreement of a mutual exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey.
The bronze sculpture, which has the form of a surfboard, is called "The Southerner" and was created by Iacopo Capone - Doumas.
It is placed outside the plaza of Asteras Vouliagmeni and represents a surfboard "riding" the wave.
It is "symbolizes the sporting spirit of the city which has been intertwined for decades with the sea. It is a sculpture 4-meter high that will "accompany" all the surfers who are gathered in the bay of Vouliagmeni when the south winds blow and "symbolizes the sporting spirit of the city which has been intertwined for decades with the sea.
"ANATASIS",or "DANCERS", the newest, monumental creation of the internationally renowned sculptor and painter Kostis Georgiou dominates the central square of Voula.
This particular project is a cluster of 7 acrobat-dancers, who make up a dynamic proposal twoards exaltation, hence the name of the artpiece.
The sculpture was cast into aluminum and then painted red. The red color has become a trademark Kostis Georgious' work in recent years,also being found in other monumental works, such as the 15-meter "COSMICON" set at the entrance of the Vanke shopping center in China, "GALILEO" Elizabeth Hospital in Brussels and other public sculptures.
A project by Kostis Georgiou.
A red and a yellow horse form on high bases lined with black granite.
This is the work "Taurocathaption" by the famous sculptor Kostis Georgiou, who designed and donated to the Municipality of Vari Voula Vouliagmeni.
It is the third statue the artist has donated to the municipality, after preceding "Equus" in Vouliagmeni and "Anatasis" in Voula Square.
The work is inspired by bullfighting, a Minoan-era sport in which the athlete jumped over a bull.
The feast was dedicated to God Neptune. Sport, unlike bullfighting, did not require the killing of bulls. Its purpose was to show the courage and flexibility of athletes.
An ammonite (fossil shell) is made using copper pipes ,at its core lies a blue crystal, and when the sun rises its light passes through that crystal and colors the asphalt.
At sunset, the sun shines in the same way as in sunrise, making the Sea, where the light reflects, calm down.
There was, under the ammonite,a base with copper shapes of people, symbolizing the workers of the sea who empty their nets every day at the waterfront.
This section of the sculpture was unfortunately stolen.
One small in volume but large in strength and memory monument.
The Ionia Monument is a small tribute to our people - the 1,500,000 people - who were left behind and lost, but also to all the refugees who, after their persecution, settled in Greece, in particular, in the refugee settlement of the region of Voula.
The Ionia Monument is the memorial to the genocide of the Greeks of Asia Minor by the Turkish state that annihilated hundreds of thousands of our ancestors. It is the memorial of the atrocities committed by the New Turks, culminating in the burning of Smyrna on September 14, '22. It is the memorial of the eradication of the first inhabitants of Voula from their eternal homes, from the soils where they have grown for thousands of years with their remarkable culture. Those people who, with their honest sweat, managed to stand on their feet, in their new homeland, but also to offer many and marvelous in its progress.
Every year in mid-September, a memorial service is held for the victims of the Asia Minor disaster at the Church of Saint John Voula and a wreath is laid at the Ionia monument.
Metro Μ2 --> Bus 122Θ/122 --> Walk 2 min
Metro Μ2-->Bus 171 --> Walk 9 min
Monument of Greek Commandos
The first memorial took place in Kavouri, which was the first Commando's Training Center and it was for the commandos fallen. It was held on 1 September 1950, one year after the end of the civil war.
The General Kallinskis, founder of the Command Units, was the one who spoke at LOK's first memorial. He briefly narrated at that time, with fresh events of the battles, all the actions of the Companies.
"All the highest peaks of the mountains of Greece, Parnassos, Oiti, Giona, Othry and Pelion, with their feathered legs, fell!" Agrafa and Pindos, Parnonas, Taygetos! -Olympus and the glorified Souli! And on top of the border is Ali-Butous and Kaimaktsalan! "
On March 30, 1953, the LOK monument was unveiled in Kavouri, Vouliagmeni, with the presence of the royal couple, former Prime Minister Alexandros Papagos and of course the monumental enthusiast, General Kallinsky. The unveiling was presented by the media of the time and the scenes of the unveiling were memorized in a top-rated film. The LOK images fill with intense feelings the film's viewers, especially if they belong to the family of special forces. It is a top-down film among many but very important for the history of Command and Special Forces in general. Watch the relevant video
Click here to watch it colorized
It has been established every year on the last Sunday of May to commemorate the fallen men.
Fallen Men Monument
Iroon Politexneiou Monument
A monument for the people who were lost during the uprising of the Technical University for the right of the Greek people to freedom.
A monument that reminds us that it is our duty and obligation to cultivate incessantly the ideals of freedom, justice and democracy!
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Imia Square Monument
On January 31, 1996 at 05:30 in the morning a helicopter of the Hellenic Navy, was assigned by the Navarino frigate to find out the presence of Turks in the small rocky isle Imia
The helicopter fell on his return to the frigate and the three crew members, Lt. Christodoulos Karathanasis, Commander Panagiotis Vlachakos and the Petty Officer first class Ektoras Gialopsos were killed.
The monument stands for their honor.
Metro Μ2 --> Bus 122Θ/122 --> Walk 2 min
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Monument to wasted firefighters Pavlos Skourtis and Andreas Bosina. The two firefighters died at the altar of duty. The incident happened on July 15, 1999, when the firefighters' vehicle overturned for unknown reasons and fell to the cliff after a call they had received for fire fighting in the area of Var.
There was a female firefighter in the crew who happily saved herself.
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Metro Μ2 --> Bus 122Θ/122 --> Bus 162 --> Walk 56 min
Metro Μ2-->Bus 154 --> Walk 65 min