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Taras Shevchenko

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1939, Kyiv

Monument of Taras Shevchenko in Kiev.…

Monument of Taras Shevchenko in Kiev. Front view

The monument is located in the middle of the park by Shevchenko. Park takes the block between Volodymyrska, Lev Tolstoy, Tereschenkovskaya streets and Shevchenko boulevard. Monument placed on the main axis of National University of Taras Shevchenko (Volodymyrska, 60).

Please be aware that the park laid out simultaneously with the building of the University (in 1830's). In 1869 Kyiv mayor Demidov (by the bought diploma – the Prince of San Donato), in a burst of loyalty proposed to erect here a monument to Emperor Nicholas I. The author the monument was a Russian sculptor M. Chizhov, the monument was opened in 1888.

This monument was demolished (probably in 1919): "Don't call Reverend ferocious Nero"!

In 1939 in its place was erected a monument to Taras Shevchenko. Sculptor M.G.Manizer, architect – E.A.Levinson. The total height of the monument – 13.75 m (height of granite pedestal – 7.3 m, a bronze figure – 6.45 m). Quite a large monument (figure submitted by 4 human height) agreed well with the size of the park and the building of the university.

Please be aware that the area around the monument served in the past and now as a place for patriotic gatherings and rallies. At the days sergeant-secretary V. Shcherbytsky even forbidden to approach this memorial in day May 22 – the day of the Shevchenko's funeral…

Photo by N.I.Zharkikh, July 19, 2007

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