Memorial and Bell in Athens, Greece.

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Subject:The victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

The bell symbolizes the longing to return to the homeland. The "scars", traces and marks of brutality on it refer to the sad course of Armenian history, especially during the years of the Genocide. The struggle of the Armenian nation for justice is represented by the sword, which is bound to the bell. (view image)

Type of Memorial:Monumental Sculpture
Sponsor(s):Armenian National Committee of Greece with the help of the then Mayor Mr. Babis Bekhlivanidis.
Architect/Designer/Artist:Vasilis Kapadais
Placement:Freestanding sculptural work in a public space.
Physical Setting:Stands on the Khrisostomou Smirnis square in Nea Smirni.
Tourist Amenities:Yes
Map Designation:Khrisostomou Smirnis Square
Physical Condition:Well preserved although, the bell itself is a historic work which has been damaged.
Inscription:Peals of Bells. (Translated from Armenian).
Location:Armenia Square, New Smyrna
Athens, Greece
Construction Began:Mid 1990s
Construction Completed:1998
Dedication Date:June 11, 1998
Development/Construction Process:The commemorative metal bell is installed on a stone footing.
History of Ownership:Owned by the city of Athens.
Commemorative Activities:The opening ceremony and dedication event was organized by the Liberal Democratic Party of Greece and Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Kokinio chapter organization along with Athens's Rendy community council.
Additional Information:Editorial Broad of Armenian Encyclopedia. The Armenian Question. Yerevan: 1996.

85 Commémoration du Génocide des Arméniens. Publication du Comité uni pour la Commémoration du Génocide arménien. Montréal, 2000.

"Genocide Memorial Opened in Athens," Armenpress Bulletin. Yerevan (June 13, 1998).

Kidd, Kristen. "Perpetual Reminders," Armenian International Magazine.
(April 1999), pp. 48-50.

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