In the capital, with the participation of first persons of the state took place the opening ceremony of the monumentdepicting Prince Vladimir. The monument is located on the Borovitsky area.
In the opening ceremony of the monument was attended by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, Chairman of RF government Dmitry Medvedev, the head of the Ministry of culture Vladimir Medinsky and other Ministers and the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin, reports of AGN “Moscow”.
“Congratulations on the opening of the monument to Prince Vladimir! – said Vladimir Putin. Is an important event for Moscow and for the whole country and for all our countrymen”.
According to him, the monument to Prince Vladimir – “a tribute to our eminent ancestor.” Ruled in Kiev the Prince is “the most revered Saint, statesman, and warrior, the spiritual founder of the Russian state”, said Vladimir Putin.
According to him, it is symbolic that the opening of the monument took place on the Day of national unity. “I congratulate you on national unity Day! Success and prosperity to all the citizens of Russia”, – said the President of the Russian Federation.
The monument was consecrated by Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. “The monument to Prince Vladimir is a symbol of unity of all people, a father which he is. And that the peoples of historical Russia, now living within the borders of many States. A monument to the father can be everywhere, where his children, there is no contradiction, but it is bad if the children forget that they have a father,” said the Patriarch.
According to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Prince Vladimir came to the question of the choice of faith is very pragmatic, he sent his ambassadors to understand where and how to serve God.
“This demonstrates the deep naivety Prince, his desire very honest and objective approach to the most important question of choice of faith. Today we live in a world where the blurring of the truth”, – said the Patriarch.
The height of the monument is 17.5 meters. The installation of the monument to Prince Vladimir began on the night of 16 October. The monument was created by sculptor Salavat Shcherbakov, at the initiative of the Russian military historical society (RVIA), which is headed by the Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky.
It was reported that the monument is built on people’s donations. At first it was planned to be installed on the Sparrow hills, however, the geological status of the selected locations did not meet the installation requirements of a large-scale monument. By voting on the website of the RVIA and the portal “Active citizen” was selected another point on the map the Moscow Borovitskaya square, which was later approved by the Commission on monumental art.
Meanwhile, the installation of the monument was not without international scandal. The world heritage centre of UNESCO has demanded from the Russian authorities and the national Commission for UNESCO before 1 December 2016 to report on how the recommendations of this organization during the installation of the monument to Prince Vladimir on the Borovitskaya square in Moscow.
In particular, the UNESCO experts did not suit the original size of the monument. It was assumed that it will have a height of 25 meters, but then the height of the sculpture is reduced to 16 meters, not counting the pedestal.
The Russian government has fulfilled another recommendation of the world heritage Centre to carry out improvement Borovitskaya square and announce this international competition.
Due to the venue of the opening ceremony of the monument, and in connection with the laying of flowers and wreaths at the monument to Minin and Pozharsky on 4 November to 14:00 closed to traffic some streets in the city centre: street Ilyinka from vetoshny lane to the red square, right turn from the Kremlin quay towards the Borovitsky area and a right turn from the Stone bridge towards the Kremlin embankment, the right turn from Moskvoretskaya embankment in the area Vasilevsky descent, the Big Stone bridge to Borovitskaya square.
Vladimir I Svyatoslavich – Prince of Novgorod (970-988.), Grand Prince of Kiev (978-1015.), where in 988 was the baptism of Rus.
Over the past 17 years, the monuments to Prince Vladimir appeared in a number of cities of Russia: in Belgorod (in 1999), Vladimir (2007), Astrakhan (in 2013), in Sankt-Peterburg and Smolensk (in 2015).
It is planned the production of another monument to Vladimir and Kaliningrad, the main city on the Victory square, near the entrance to the Temple of Christ the Savior. On this October 27, 2015, reported TASS with reference to the press service of the city administration.