On the observation deck at the end of Pushkin Boulevard in the city of Vladimir, not far from the Assumption Cathedral, there is a monument to Prince Vladimir the Red Sun and St. Fyodor. The initiator of the creation of the monument was the foundation of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. The authorities of Vladimir and the Vladimir-Suzdal Diocese supported this idea. The opening of the monument took place in July 2007 and was timed to coincide with the celebration of the 850th anniversary of the transfer of the capital of Russia from Kiev to Vladimir.
The authors of the project are the Honored Artist of Russia Sergei Isakov and the architect Sergei Gerasimov.
Sergey Mikhailovich Isakov is an academician of the internationally recognized Russian Academy of Arts. He is the author of more than 60 monuments that are installed in Moscow, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Vladimir, Bataysk, Minsk, Almaty, etc. His works are in museums in Belgium, Italy, Greece, France, etc.
The bronze sculptural composition consists of 2 figures mounted on a granite pedestal. The great founder of the city sits astride a horse and holds a banner in his hand – this is the only equestrian sculpture in Vladimir. Next to him is Fyodor, the baptist of the Vladimir land. It was thanks to him that the Orthodox faith arose in the ancient Russian state.
The 14-meter monument, weighing 5 tons, was cast in bronze at the Zhukovsky foundry. Below, on the pedestal, there are 8 bronze bas-reliefs, which depict: Princess Olga, Andrei Bogolyubsky, Alexander Nevsky, Ilya Muromets, Vsevolod the Big Nest, Maria Shvarnovna (wife of Prince Vsevolod III), Georgy (Yuri) Vsevolodovich, Sofia Suzdalskaya. All of them are associated with the history of the Vladimir-Suzdal land.
Monument to the founders of the city in Vladimir captures a legendary episode
Vladimir, the Baptist of Rus, drew attention to the most ancient cities – Rostov and Suzdal, St. Theodore of Constantinople was considered the first bishop of Rostov and Suzdal. The monument looks majestic. From this place the city and the picturesque Klyazma are clearly visible. Now it is one of the most popular places for recreation for residents and guests of the city.
On Orthodox holidays, church ceremonies move from the Assumption Cathedral to the monument. Despite the cold, rainy May day, we were still able to enjoy the beauty of Vladimir.