The Liberty Statue | Nicosia, Cyprus

The Liberty Statue in Nicosia, Cyprus – EOKA Fighters releasing Cypriots from British rule.

It is very rare for certain things to catch my attention, especially when it comes to monuments. It was interesting to note that in the case of The Liberty Statue in Nicosia; I was in complete awe. We had actually stumbled across this work of art while walking along The Venetian Walls. Without reading of the history and its chronicles, we could immediately guess the significance of this statue.

The upper section of the ensemble displayed the personification of freedom. The female statue figuratively looks over 2 EOKA fighters who are opening the gates of a prison, as shown. This was during the time period when Greek Cypriots were locked by British rulers until 1973.

I was deeply impressed at how much detail the postures had been designed and at how much the relief of independence was constructed on their faces. In a moment of reflection, you could almost “breath in” the atmosphere of joy and freedom.

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