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Odysseas Elytis

Statue of the Nobel Prize winning poet, Odysseas Elytis.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1977 Τhe statue was sculpted by Ioannis Pappas.

    1997 13th March: Ceremony of unveiling.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

This is a 1.68-metre-high bronze statue of the contemporary poet Odysseas Elytis. The poet is shown standing upright wearing everyday clothes and a gentle expression on his face. The sculpture stands on a limestone pedestal.

What I can't see

Odysseas Elytis (1911-1996) was a Nobel Prize-winning poet and painter, widely considered to be a pioneer of modern Greek literature. He managed to bridge Greek tradition and the turbulent Greek History with the moderate surrealistic lyricism of southern European poetry. His masterpiece poem “Axion Esti” was translated in many languages and was set to music by the world-renown composer Mikis Theodorakis. Elytis was consequently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.


  • Address: Dexamenis Sq.


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San Simera, (d.u.), Οδυσσέας Ελύτης (1911-1996), in San

Last visit 13/6/13