Plaza de la Union Europea, Torremolinos

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    Plaza de la Union Europea - Sculpture
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    The Monument to Europa
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  • Plaza de la Union Europea
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    Plaza de la Union Europea

    by suvanki Updated Feb 9, 2011

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    From Plaza Andalucia, heading down Calle Marques de Salamanca, we came to the roundabout at the end of Plaza de la Union Europea, with its flagpoles (pic 2) on which the flags of the countries of the European Union were fluttering quite forlornly in the breeze, some were quite tattered, presumably having endured the elements during the winter.

    We entered the Plaza at its eastern end, and noted some pale blue tiled seating areas - these have the crests of the countries of the European Union. I managed to miss the iconic 'Monument to Europe' that dominates the western end of the square. (Looking back at pic 1, it is just visible through the trees) I'd find it later during the weekend, on the way to the bus station.

    However, I did spot a smaller sculpture (pic 3) - A smooth white marble shape (which I think was a fish) set on a rough white marble base. Running up the centre was a column of carved marble in hues of browns and greys, which I thought initially was a palm tree trunk, though looking again, i'm not so sure.

    Does anyone know anything about this piece?
    On the back is an inscription which dates it 1992 and the word Gambar?
    Please let me know if you have any info about this sculpture

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    Plaza de la Union Europea

    by suvanki Updated Feb 19, 2011

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    Sunday morning, and my last day in Torremolinos. My flight wasn't until that evening so there was time to visit the nearby White Village (or pueblo blancos) ' of Mijas an hour away by bus. Gillybob and myself set off first, followed by the others by bus and car.

    Heading to the bus station we passed through Plaza de la Union Europea, this time passing 'The Monument to Europe'

    This stunning sculpture is of the Greek God Zeus, in the form of a bull, carrying the figure of Princess Europa (who Zeus had fallen in love with ) to Crete.
    The sculpture is made out of 16.000 kilos of white marble, and is enclosed by low wrought iron railings

    On one side is a plaque that tells of the story of Zeus and Europa

    The Monument to Europa
    "Numerous were the seductions of ZEUS, god supreme of the Olympus and father of all men. Born to Telephassa, Wife to Aegenor, king of Tyre, was the princess called Europa, who one day playing with her friends by the seashore of Sidonwas observed by ZEUS, who, captivated by her beauty, lusted for her.

    Fearing rejection, ZEUS assumed the guise of a beautiful and majestic white bull.
    This great creature, laying himself down before EUROPA, lowered his head gently to entice her. The other girls fled, but EUROPA was not frightened but fascinated by the gentle and lulling movements of ZEUS, she drew nearer, patted him and even dared to climb on his back. The bull then took off and dived into the sea and sped away across the ocean with her astride, despite the young girls beseeching wails

    ZEUS and EUROPA arrived at the island of Crete, where he revealed his true identity.
    There, close to a fountain not far from Gortyna, he seduced EUROPA under the shade of banana trees, which, in popular belief received the privilage of never losing their leaves for having marked the scene of the amours of ZEUS and EUROPA.

    And so, the ABDUCTION OF EUROPA was consummated. After her death, she received divine honours and in remembrance of his love of EUROPA, ZEUS placed the shape of a great white bull in the sky as the constellation Taurus, one of the signs of the zodiac. EUROPA, conferred her nameto the continent that for two thousand five hundred years has led in the culture and development of humanity and that in 2004, in the figure of European Union, has achieved for the first time in human history the conscious and exemplary political and economic alliance between 25 different countries of the most heterogeneous customs, races and religions.

    Inaugurated by
    The Honourable Pedro Fernandez Montes Mayor of Torremolinos
    February 2005

    Around the Plaza are light blue tiled seats with crests depicting the crests of the countries of the European Union (pic 5)

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