Saturday, 26 July 2008
The bird memorial
This memorial is known as 'the bird', after which the area it is located in was named. There used to be an eagle sculpture sitting atop it. A few years ago, there was a rather strong storm in the area, and the bird structure, already in a state of decline, finally received the chop. Its remains were scattered on the steps below.
I was upset to hear that this distinctive monument had been destroyed because it had become an important landmark in my town. Areas are usually named after churches. Even though there is a church dedicated to St Sophia in this area, the parish that belongs to it is still known as 'he Bird'. But then I didn't expect it to be restored: the Nazis erected it, and it is unlikely that a Greek will want to restore anything that belonged to them. There is a new welcome sign at the bottom of the steps, but the actual monument has been defaced with a lot of graffiti. Still, I feel lucky to remember the days when an eagle rested on the top of the monument. And I also know how to explain to my children why it is called the bird, even though there's no bird sitting on it.
The memorial, found on the coastal road to Kalamaki Beach and Agious Apostolous, is still called the bird, but what did it look like when there was a bird sitting on it? Click here and find out.