Abduction of Europa Statue

Agios Nikolaos

The myth of the Phoenician princess Europa being abducted by Zeus in the guise of a bull finds expression in a monumental statue at the end of a ho-hum car park near the port, off Akti Themistokleous.

Designed by the late film director – and local boy – Nikos Koundouros, it shows a buxom beauty perched atop the beast while cradling an orb in one hand and a dove in the other.

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