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Eleftherios Venizelos

The marble statue attributes Eleftherios Venizelos in motion.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1977 Placed.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

  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

The marble statue (3.73m, work of Giannis Pappas) attributes Eleftherios Venizelos in motion, creating liveliness and symbolising his strong political personality. The face is very realistically modelled (the sculptor knew Venizelos personally). The left leg following the contrapposto style is placed in front, and his right hand is in a stance as if he was giving a political speech, while the left rests on a marble column. This sculpture is a usual meeting point for demonstrators before the beginning of demonstrations.

What I can't see

Eleftherios Venizelos (1864-1936) was the Prime Minister of the Cretan State before its unification with Greece and seven times prime minister of Greece. In World War I he sided with the Entente against the king’s intentions, which caused the National Schism. During his days, he sought the modernisation of the state, doubled the land of Greece and signed the Treaty of Lausanne, which included the exchange of Greek and Turkish populations after the Greco-Turkish war. Earlier, he had discouraged the unification of Cyprus and the Dodecanese with Greece. Initially, he had the warm support of refugees, for whom he sought to develop a unified urban identity earning him political benefits. With the Lausanne Treaty, however, he evened compensations of Greeks with those of the Turks and refugees had lost all hope to return to their ancestral home. Hence, he lost many supporters, who turned to the popular royalist party. Finally, he was a fierce opponent of communists and anarchists, penalising even their ideas (Special Law).


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Nikolakopoulos Η. (2003), Οι εκλογές 1910-1920, Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος: από το θρίαμβο στην ήττα, [The elections of 1910-1920, Eleftherios Venizelos: from triumph to defeat], in Ιστορία του Νέου Ελληνισμού, 1770-2000, [The History of Modern Hellinism, 1770-2000], v.6, p.p. 31-40

Papapolyviou P., (2003), Κύπρος 1909-1922, Η «πολιτική κρίση» του 1912, στο Ιστορία του Νέου Ελληνισμού, 1770-2000, [Cyprus 1909-1922, The “political crisis” of 1912] in Ιστορία του Νέου Ελληνισμού, 1770-2000, [The History of Modern Hellinism, 1770-2000], v.6, p.p.295-308

PassalidisTh., (2013), Ο ανδριάντας του Ελευθερίου Βενιζέλου στη Θεσσαλονίκη, [The statue of Eleftherios Venizelos in Thessaloniki], Odos Ellinon,

Last visit: 29/9/2015

Choumerianos M., (2003), Από το ΣΕΚΕ στο ΚΚΕ, το Εργατικό Κίνημα στο Μεσοπόλεμο, [From SEKE to KKE, the Labour Movement in the Interwar], in Ιστορία του Νέου Ελληνισμού, 1770-2000, [The History of Modern Hellinism, 1770-2000], v.7, p.p.47-64