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Besides statues of Australian (aka British) Royals (plus their pets – a dog called Islay (separate review)) and late 19th century English males, who played key roles in the establishment of the colony of New South Wales and modern day Australia, there is not much in the way of statutory adorning the streets of Sydney.

One exception to this is this statue of Athena in Barrack Street walkway, just off Martin Place.

The statue is a copy of a 4th century BC bronze statue attributed to Greek sculptor Kephisodotos or Euphranor. The original work can be seen in the Piraeus Archaeological Museum in Athens.

Athena, daughter of Zeus, was the Greek virgin goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts and literature and patron goddess of Athens.

The statue was a gift from the Mayor of Athens to the people of Sydney in 2000, in recognition that Sydney was the host city to the Olympic games of that year.

Whether by design or coincidence, the statue is in front of The Athenian Greek Restaurant (a popular lunchtime dining spot for local business folk though I have not personally dined there) but otherwise very out of place in an area of distinctly West European colonial era architecture.

A nice reproduction and worth a look if you are in the area. The damaged plaque depicted in my attached picture has since been replaced.

Address: Barrack Street
Directions: Across George Street from Martin Place


For my next Sydney – City – BRIDGE STREET TO MARTIN PLACE review click HERE.
For other Sydney reviews click HERE.


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