Statue of Queen Elena
Via Cesare Battisti, Largo Seggiola
Statue dedicated to Queen Elena of Montenegro in memory of her relief work carried out in January 1909 in favor of the earthquake-stricken city. It was sculpted in Florence by Antonio Berti. The statue is above on a marble pedestal where on the four sides of the base, bronze bas-reliefs attest to the humble work and the generous efforts of the queen with the people of Messina, severely affected by the earthquake. The sovereign is depicted in a temporary hospital set up on the royal ship, holding the head of a wounded man next to a nun, a Red Cross nurse and a medical officer; in the act of caressing some injured children who approach her; holding in her arms a child just pulled out of the rubble and in the midst of numerous victims
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