This looks like a big bird cage in a jungle.
“Angel’ by famous Greek sculptor Giannoulis Halepas
An angel either pondering or telling us to be quiet.
‘Hoo are you looking at?’
I found out after visiting the cemetery that here are three other sculptures of ‘sleeping’ women in the cemetery. This is the only one I found that day. It is the grave of a Maria Deligianni sculpted by Ioannis Vitsaris.
So unique. Never seen anything like this before.
The irony of the Greek word ‘Zoe’ which means ‘life’ on the cross of a grave.
A sculpture of a Greek style sphinx.
An Egyptian style sphinx .
The grave site of Greek commander and chief of the revolutionary war of 1821 Theodoros Kolokotronis.
The inscription reads ‘Easy passerby here lies the old man of ‘Morea’ (Peloponnese) do NOT disturb his sleep.’ This is a message to would be invaders!
Richard Church an Irish military officer in the British army who helped the Greek army in the Greek revolution of 1821. He was good friends with Theodoros Kolokotronis.
‘The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.’ Marcus Tillius Cicero.
‘The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.’- Mark Twain
This is the second blog post dedicated to the First Cemetery of Athens. I spent almost three hours (!) exploring the old cemetery. Time went by so fast and my camera would not stop clicking. After doing some more research on the cemetery I realized I had not even seen half of it. I might go back in the future because there are some other famous sculptures at at the far end of the cemetery.
I don’t know anyone personally who is buried here. You can only be a citizen of central Athens to be buried here. This is why I have never been to this cemetery before. Overall it was a great experience and I think everyone should visit a cemetery and leave and taboos and fears behind and pay their respect to those who have passed, and reflect on life and death rather than just being in the moment or being present all the time.