Saint Vladimir Monument
The Saint Vladimir Monument is a monument in Kiev, dedicated to the Great Prince of Kiev Vladimir the Great, built in 1853. It is the oldest sculptural monument, a dominating feature of the Dnieper's banks, and one of the city's symbols.
|Monument to Prince Volodymyr|
Monument before the World War I
|Type||National Landmark of Monumental Art|
|Architectural style||pseudo Neo-Byzantine|
|Design and construction|
The bronze statue of the Baptizer of the Rus' people, depicting him in a coat with a big cross in his right hand and the Great Prince hat in his left, stands 4.4 m (14 ft) tall on a 16 m (52 ft) tall pedestal that has the silhouette of an octagonal chapel in pseudo-Byzantine style on a square stylobate. The brick pedestal and stylobate are revetted with cast iron plates. The total height of the monument is 20.4 m (67 ft).
The monument is mentioned in the Russian song about Kiev "Without Podil Kiev is impossible" (Russian: Без Подола Киев невозможен) where it compares the impossibility of the existence of the monument without its cross to the impossibility of Kiev without its central Podil district.
The monument is also depicted on Ukrainian karbovanets banknotes issued in 1993 to 1995.