The Ambassador of Venezuela,
Mr. Rodrigo Oswaldo Chaves Samudio
In the frame of the celebration of the arrival
224 years ago to Hellene lands of the first American, in
having direct contact with a thousand-year-old civilization on
May 16 1786. The act of revelation of the statue of the
Precursor Francisco de Miranda in the city of Patras in
Hellenic Peloponnese, in honor of the man who spread in all
America the republic, integrated and liberty ideas.
The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the
Hellenic Republic, with the Mayoralty of Patras and a series
of institutions like the Foundation Francisco de Miranda and
the General Treasury of the Nation of Venezuela, after two
years of work of research over the sites that mentions the
Predecessor in his diary, during his passing along Hellenic
lands, from Dubrovnik and Italy.
This investigation was accompanied by an intense cultural and
political exchange with the municipality and its mayor Andreas
Fouras, who, through the frame of this relation, visited
With this important fact it closes one of the original circles
of the roots of our history of independence and republic, they
are unified historical and theoretical criteria of the origin
of birth of our republic, our concepts under which was born
the process of continental integration and the influence of
philosophical thinking, mainly based in the republic and
ethical ideal of men such as Plato and Socrates. Also in this
process of learning at the age of 36, Miranda, met the
ingenious of the Hellenic people and its military abilities
and strategies applied by men like Miltiades in Marathon and
Themistocles in Salamina.
Miranda arrived in Patras and after a few days continued its
travel through the Corinthian golf, passing by Salamina to
Athens, where he acquired a house close to the citadel of
Acropolis, sole property of the Predecessor in his life in
Europe. Currently, is being investigated its exact location.
"Today, exists between the city of Patras and Venezuela a
great relation that is extended in the whole Hellenic country.
A relation that propitiated a series of events in the
commemoration of the arrival of Miranda in Hellenic lands.
Activities that continued with the participation of Venezuela
in the celebration of the 2.500 years since the Battle of
Marathon including the fulfillment of a marathon on the 23rd
of May for adults and children that had as a motivation,
republic and liberty.
The Mayor of Patras Andreas Fouras, on 5/7/2010, expressed his
satisfaction of the statue revelation of Francisco de Miranda,
making widely known the life and work of the Venezuelan hero.
For this reason he organized the design of one of the largest
squared of the city with the name Francisco de Miranda, behalf
of the Municipality. In turn he talked with great pride for
the revelation of this statue of 2.24 meters high and 600
kilograms and made by the Venezuelan artist Nelson Bermudez,
"Which will stay as a testimony of the excellent relations
between the two countries and for the coming generations to
know the first American who visited Hellenic lands"
In the act of revelation were present, besides the governor of
the region, other mayors, vicemayors, ex mayors, members of
the parliament, municipality counselors and the President of
the Municipality, Ambassadors and a wide representation of the
Hellenic-Venezuelan Community. Also, they were present on
behalf of Venezuela, the General Comptroller of the Republic,
Clodosvaldo Russian, the President of the Foundation General
Francisco de Miranda Manuel Bazo and Dr. Armando Chirinos, who
with a large representation of the people of Patras and of the
city of Athens beared witnesses of the act.
The act finished with music and folk Venezuelan and Hellenic
dances and the a closure of pyrotechnic games, leaving sowed
in Hellenic lands, after 224 years the libertarian,
integration, fraternal ideal of the man who in his heart was
burning the call for liberty as Napoleon called him or as
Bolivar said "The most Universal Colombian". This square
remains as a testimony in the legendary Peloponnese, a place
of meeting of the hopes of two people to reach a better world
of happiness, equality, justice, liberty, fraternity and
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