Icarus Monument of Fallen Aviators

Icarus Monument of Fallen Aviators

Icarus Monument of Fallen Aviators
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The area
Neighborhood: Omonia
Omonia Square is as plain in appearance as Syntagma is grand. Surrounded largely by functional blocks from the 1950s and 60s and no longer boasting its underground stalls, the square is now mostly frequented by immigrants and bargain shoppers. The most rewarding area to explore is to the south. Set off down Athinas Street, with the Acropolis gradually coming into focus in the distance, and you will get a sense of old commercial Athens, especially at the picturesque meat, fish and vegetable markets some way beyond the City Hall. The blocks to the west of Athinas are home to many Chinese and South Asian traders, adding a multicultural atmosphere to what was until the late 1990s a very homogenous society.
How to get there
  • Metaxourghio • 1 min walk
  • Omonoia • 9 min walk

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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark4,139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The following is a quote from atlasobscura dot com - with thanks:

“Though some believe the image represents a fallen angel or even Lucifer himself, it actually depicts the legendary Icarus, who is famous for flying too close to the sun and suffering the fatal consequences.

The modern take on an ancient Greek figure serves a somber purpose. It’s a monument dedicated to the aviators who lost their lives while on duty. The seven-meter figure was completed in 2000. It’s the work of sculptor Evangelos Moustakas and architect Ioannis Moustakas.

The monument is in the middle of a traffic circle ... You'll find it in Karaiskaki Square, above the Metaxourgeio Station.”
Written August 18, 2022
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BaronFoer
Jacksonville, FL909 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Very unique monument. Sadly unkept no water or cleaning. Worth a visit. I thought it was great and wish it would have been better kept.
Written September 13, 2021
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Mike B
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
We stayed across the street at the Wyndam (still known to locals as The Imperial) and liked looking out on Icarus. Of course, it is officially a memorial to fallen aviators and as such nobly intended by sculptor Evangelos Moustakas. Only the most conventional would not appreciate its starkness and fitness to its subject. This is a striking sculpture and worth seeing from around and above. This is fine art.
Written September 30, 2019
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permia
Ireland41,051 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
On a busy roundabout sits this great piece of public art. Dramatic in its intensity and painful impact with stone, it conveys responses on a number of levels.

It melds wonderfully Greek myths and modern Greek events.

Mythical Icarus with hubris ignored wise counsel and flew too close to the sun that melted his wax wings causing his crash to unforgiving earth.

In contrast and bringing it up to modern times it honours the heroes of Greek aviation who lost their lives while defending their country.
Written March 10, 2020
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Located on Karaiskaki Square is this wonderful statue in honour of all fallen aviators of Greece and what better depiction than a statue of Icarus.
All familiar with the story ,Icarus ,the son of master builder Daedalus ,the creator the the labyrinth in Greek mythology ,attempting to escape from Crete from wings constructed by Dardalus ,the wings made from feathers held together with wax ,flying too close to the sun ,wax melted ,he fell to earth ,the actual statue is superb ,a very stylised statue ,very eye catching ,makes for some great photographic opportunities and it's easy to locate on Karaiskaki Square
Written July 18, 2022
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SEs
London, UK25,876 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
This is an excellent monument in the city.You will see it on your tour of the city. A good place to take a photo.
Written November 1, 2018
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Kees K
Gouda, The Netherlands334 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
Passing on this part of town with the tourbus it is easy recognized as a monument showing Icarus.
It looks nice at this place.
Written March 28, 2018
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