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The statue of Victory of Samothrace, Gift of city Giardini Naxos of Sicily to the city of Chalkis on the occasion from each other twinning.
It is copy from the prototype that is set up in the city Giardini Naxos, work of Italian sculptor Carmelo Mendola (1895 - 1976), inspired from the Victory of Samothrace that is found in Louvre.
The residents of city Giardini Naxos of Sicily consider their big price the foundation (734 BC) their city from the first Greek settlers. Their own statue is set up in a splendid locality with the copy «Portara» (Gate) of The Temple of Apollo of Naxos.
Το άγαλμα της Νίκης της Σαμοθράκης.
Δώρο της Σικελικής πόλης Giardini Naxos προς την πόλη της Χαλκίδας με αφορμή τη μεταξύ τους αδελφοποίηση.Πρόκειται για αντίγραφο από το πρωτότυπο που είναι στημένο στην πόλη Giardini Naxos, έργο του Ιταλού γλύπτη Carmelo Mendola ( 1895 – 1976 ), εμπνευσμένο από τη Νίκη της Σαμοθράκης που βρίσκεται στο Λούβρο.
Οι “ΧαλκιδοNαξιώτες” Σικελοί θεωρούν μεγάλη τους τιμή την ίδρυση ( 734 π.χ. ) της πόλης τους από τους πρώτους Έλληνες αποίκους.Το δικό τους άγαλμα είναι στημένο σε μία υπέροχη τοποθεσία μαζί με το αντίγραφο της “Πορτάρας” του Ναού του Απόλλωνα της Νάξου.
Giardini Naxos, founded in 734 BC, was the first Greek colony in Sicily. All ancient historians agree on this. The expedition was led by Teocle. Euboeans from Kalkis and people from the Greek isle of Naxos took part in the founding of Naxos. The Nike and the Door remind us of the strong link between Giardini Naxos, Kalkis and Naxos of the Cyclades islands. The Nike is a work by the sculptor Carmelo Mendola. It was erected to remember the twinning with Kalkis of Eubea, held on November 27th 1965. The sculpture is placed at the extremity of Capo Schiṣ and it looks towards the sea that brought to these shores the ships of the settlers from Greece. This Nike is a bronze copy of the Samothrace Nike kept at the Louvre and it represents the goddess bringing news of victories. Mendola created another Nike that was placed in 1980 at Kalkis. The descent of Sicilian Naxos from the big island of Naxos in Greece has been confirmed by a recent find. A stele with a dedication written in the alphabet used on the Cycladic Island in the 7th century BC. The Door to Naxos was erected on the occasion of the twinning between the Sicilian Naxos and Naxos in the Ciclades, held on October 2000. It roughly imitates the most characteristic image of Cycladic Naxos, a great gate begun in 522 BC. It was to be a temple to the god Apollo, but the building was abandoned when war broke out between Naxos and Samos. The Door to Naxos symbolizes the entrance to the town but also an opening for the exchange among peoples and cultures.
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