The 5 Most Famous Statues of Thessaloniki

The city of Thessaloniki is filled with statues and works of art from side to side witnessing the glories of its past, rich history and flourishing present.

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Let’s take a closer look at the 5 most popular statues of the city.


1. The Statue of Eleftherios Venizelos

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The statue of Eleftherios Venizelos is the trademark and meeting point of various social groups right above Aristotelous Square. Eleftherios Venizelos himself is an important persona of the modern Greek history and of the city of Thessaloniki that served as a prime minister of Greece for seven times.


2. Statue of Konstantinos Karamanlis

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It is considered a new work for the city as it was completed sometime in 2011. A work by sculptors Praxitelis Tzanoulinos and Kostas Georgiou that was created with white marble. The statue is located on the beach of Thessaloniki near the town hall.


3. Grigoris Lambrakis Monument

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The Grigoris Lambrakis monument is situated in a central part of the city, at the junction of Ermou and Venizelou streets where he was murdered. Grigoris Lambrakis was a Greek politician that became an anti-war activist provoking protests that soon lead to a political crisis.


4. Statue of Alexander the Great

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Set in a prominent position on the beach, the statue of Alexander the Great on his horse, Bucephalus has been a symbol of the city of Thessaloniki since 1973. It was created by sculptor Evangelos Moustakas. Alexander the Great was born in Macedonia in 356 BC and was one of the greatest generals in history that conquered most of the known world.


5. Holocaust memorial

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A memorial in honor of the 50,000 Greek Jews of Thessaloniki who martyred in the Nazi camps of death. It is located in Eleftherias square as it was the meeting place of the Jews before they were sent to the concentration camps.

So many places, so little time so next time you visit the city of Thessaloniki, arrange your stay at The Excelsior hotel and witness history unfolding before your eyes as you walk the streets of its center.

 

 

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