Sunday, May 18, 2014

A monument dedicated to the Genocide of the Pontian Greeks, Thessaloniki


In the central square of St. Sophia in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, one can find the monument dedicated to the Genocide of the Pontian Greeks. It depicts the Pontian mother and Pontian woman. This monument is dedicated to the Pontians who died and who were murdered during the Genocide of Pontian Greeks by the Turks, in the 1920s.
A number of cultural features are evident, such as the Pontian lyra and a person playing the lyra. Also a priest is depicted, emphasising the connection between Hellenism and Orthodoxy. 







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