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Pavlos Melas Monument

Marble monument in honour of Pavlos Melas, hero of the Macedonian Struggle.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1906 Initially planned to be installed in Zappeion, on the anniversary of Melas’ death.

    1910 It was placed opposite the Zappeion garden.

    1975 Transported to its current location.

  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 3.53m high marble stele with reliefs is a monumental sculpture dedicated to the Macedonian fighter Pavlos Melas and has many symbolisms. The stele rests on a stepped pedestal and “Defend the Motherland” is written at its top. On the front side of the stele, we see a female figure which symbolises Macedonia. She holds a medal with her left hand that depicts Pavlos Melas and laurels with her right to crown him. The figure is surrounded by a palm branch, her clothing is heavily pleated, and the medal rests on the back of an eagle that looks towards Macedonia and holds a sword. Beyond honouring the hero, the content and style of the sculpture also show the strong desire of the country to be the winner of the Macedonian Struggle, as it finally happened a few years later.

What I can't see

The monument is a work by Lazaros Sochos and was erected at the initiative of the Athenian Press and with money from a pan-Hellenic fundraiser. Initially, it was planned to be installed in Zappeion, but it was finally placed opposite the Zappeion garden (Vas. Olgas and Amalias St.). Later, it was transported next to the military club and then to its current location. Pavlos Melas was born in Marseilles in 1870. He was also known by the pseudonym Mikis Zezas, with which he participated in the Macedonian Struggle. He was surrounded by the Ottoman army on 13/10/1904 and killed.


  • Address: Vas. Sophias & Rigillis St.


Antonopoulou Z., (2003), Τα γλυπτά της Αθήνας, Υπαίθρια Γλυπτική1834-2004 [The sculptures of Athens, Outdoor sculpting 1834-2004], Potamos


Tsitiridis G., (2018), Παύλος Μελάς, της Ναταλίας Μελά, [Pavlos Melas, of Natalia Mela], in Parallaxi

Last visit 20/6/2023