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Prince Yaroslav the Wise Statue

Zolotovoritsky Park near the Golden Gate, corner of Volodymyrska and Prorizna Streets, Kiev, Ukraine
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The bronze monument to Grand Prince of Kyivan Rus (from 1019 to 1054) Yaroslav the Wise was unveiled in Kyiv in Zolotovoritska Square, near the west end face of the Golden Gate, in 1997. Yaroslav, son of the grand prince Vladimir the Great, was vice-regent of Novgorod at the time of his father's death in 1015. The eldest surviving brother, Svyatopolk the Accursed, killed three of his other brothers and seized power in Kiev. Then Yaroslav, with the active support of the Novgorodians and the help of Varangian (Viking) mercenaries, defeated Svyatopolk and became the grand prince of Kyiv in 1019. Yaroslav began consolidating the Kyivan state through both cultural and administrative improvements and military campaigns. He promoted the spread of Christianity in the Kyivan Rus, gathered a large collection of books, and employed many scribes to translate Greek religious texts into the Slavic language. With the help of Byzantine architects and craftsmen, Yaroslav fortified and beautified Kyiv along Byzantine lines. He built the majestic St. Sophia Cathedral and the famous Golden Gate of the Kyivan fortress. Under Yaroslav the codification of legal customs and princely enactments was begun, and this work served as the basis for a law code called the Russkaya Pravda ("Russian Justice").The monument in Kyiv is based on the project and idea by famous Ukrainian sculptor Ivan Kavaleridze. The copy of this monument can be found in Abdrievskiy Descent near the House-Museum and Studio of Ivan Kavaleridze. It is known that Kavaleridze worked on a several versions of Yaroslav the Wise Sculpture, and the one eventually embedded (after the author’s death, on the basis of a scatch found in his studio) was not at all among the author’s favourites and wasn’t supposed to be made in metal. The statue is made of bronze and is mounted on a granite pedestal established on a specially prepared earthen embankment. On the right side of the monument, there is a boulder on which ancient name of the prince is carved.There is a secret about this monument - on the Prince’s back one can find the three palm prints left by the sculptors Vitali Sivko, Nicholas Bilyk and Vitali Redko.
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29 Oct 2017
“Nice historic statue outside the Golden Gate”
24 Jul 2017
“Fifty shades of wise.”
Zolotovoritsky Park near the Golden Gate, corner of Volodymyrska and Prorizna Streets, Kiev, Ukraine
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Nice statue of a figure from the early history of the city of Kiev. It's on the west side of the Golden Gate, so you can see two attractions in one site.

Thank Tom H
Reviewed 20 September 2017

got a city in his hands. It's outside the golden gate so you can kill two birds with one stone when visiting.

Thank rmurray86
Reviewed 25 July 2017

As many great leaders, his wisdom was not always used to achieve noble goals. Probable brother murders may have served the interests of the country, but the people of the present age judge otherwise than more than a thousand years ago. If we ignore that,...More

Thank stinkwink
Reviewed 17 February 2017

This is definitely an amazing place to be because when I first arrived in Kiev, without knowing where to go, what to do, don't speak the language that well yet, but now after 4.5 years, I know almost all of the details around Kiev, especially...More

Thank Laxiaozi08200912
Reviewed 12 November 2016

Once you visit the Golden Gate you will see the statue. It is a little bit strange. The locals call it "A man with a Kiev cake".

Thank DR_markb120
Reviewed 27 August 2016

We rested in this peaceful setting for a few minutes. Good location, adjacent to Golden Gate, and walking distance to major sights like St. Sophia.

Thank jotjensen
Reviewed 8 August 2016

it has some good old story behind it. kids were enjoying it. and i think it is a very famous selfie spot as there were people in queue for selfie with the statue.

Thank ShreyansShah
Reviewed 18 June 2016

It's a moderately sized statue of Prince Yaroslav the wise, located next to Zoloty Vorota (Golden gate)

Thank Emmchar16
Reviewed 10 June 2016

This statue is located just outside the Golden Gate and if you are visiting here anyway, take some time to get a close-up of this huge, impressive statue of Prince Yaroslav.

Thank Colin G
Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

Then found the statue Was good to see but not much further, walk around to see the golden gate entrance. This was nice, close to shops, eat etc

Thank mvb123
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