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Athena or Pallas Athena (Παλλὰς Ἀθηνᾶ) in Greek, or Minerva, in Roman mythology the goddess of war, civilization, wisdom, etc. She is often depicted with an owl, which symbolizes her ties to wisdom.
(Wikipedia: Athena and Minerva)
Jean-Antoine Houdon
c. 1810

Cherbourg-Octeville /  Minerve   Cherbourg-Octeville /  Minerve


Large stone statue of Minerva (Athena).


The statue was made by around 1810 by Jean-Antoine Houdon together with that of Themis (click here), to adorn the steps of the Palais Bourbon in Paris. Attacked by pollution, both statues were replaced by a copy in 1988 and the originals were offered, at the initiative of Olivier Stirn to the Urban Community of Cherbourg in 1989. The statues were restored by Pierre Bataille and placed on two roundabouts in Cherbourg-Octeville.

Cherbourg-Octeville - Minerve


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Location (N 49°38'32" - W 1°36'56")

Item Code: frbn144; Photograph: 8 August 2015
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