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Evangelis Zappas was a visionary, but his will demonstrated the pragmatic side of his character. His will was drawn up in November of 1860, just a year after the First Olympia, and proved that he not only understood the need for trade and industrial exhibitions, but also expressed a comprehensive view regarding their protection and upgrading.
Childless and solitary, eccentric but cautious, Zappas was fully aware of the magnitude of his act. Clear-sighted and experienced, financially independent, discerning and patriotic, he may have had a better idea of the scope of the institution he was setting up than those who were actually involved in it. This was why, in his will, he took care to emphasize that not only his relatives, but every Greek, without exception, has the right to be on the alert regarding execution of the provisions of my present will and to oblige by law those who oppose them to make restitution and restore the said provisions.
In the background the Evangelis Zappas statue.
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Additional Photos by Vasilis Protopapas (vasilpro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2755 W: 87 N: 5133] (41761)
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