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Pavlos Melas

Pavlos Melas is the most commonly known hero of the Macedonian Struggle.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )


    1996 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 statue of the most famous Macedonian warrior, Pavlos Melas, is framed by marble busts of other Macedonian warriors (Efthymios Kaoudis, Alexandros Petridis, Pavlos Gyparis, Georgios Volanis, Ilias Deligiannakis, Dimitrios Kalapothakis), which were recently placed here. The sculpture is brass on a marble pedestal, in folklore style, quite detailed in terms of costume and expression. In it, Pavlos Melas is presented with his military equipment, and is standing in an upright position with his left hand at his back and holding his rifle with his right. The phrase “Long live Macedonia” is engraved on the back of the rifle.

What I can't see

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. The statue was created by his granddaughter and distinguished sculptor, Natalia Mela. The project was commissioned by the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, which was granted their request to have the statue placed outside the officers’ club.

Info

  • Address: Tsirogianni Sq.

Bibliography

Orfanidis D., (2016), Υπαίθρια Γλυπτά της Θεσσαλονίκης, παράμετροι υποβάθμισης και φθοράς των υλικών τους, Διπλωματική Εργασία, [Outdoor Sculptures of Thessaloniki, parameters of degradation and wear of their materials], A.U.Th.

 

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

https://parallaximag.gr/thessaloniki/anakalypse-ta-glypta-tis-polis-pavlos-melas-tis-natalias-mela

Last visit 20/10/2020