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Prince Yaroslav the Wise Statue

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Address: Zolotovoritsky Park near the Golden Gate, corner of Volodymyrska and Prorizna Streets, Kiev, Ukraine

The bronze monument to Grand Prince of Kyivan Rus (from 1019 to 1054)...

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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Nice statue and park setting

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 August 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 here at the Zoloti Volota!!)) I liked there, I remember climbing th house with my... More 

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Karnei Shomron, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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".

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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Sangli, India
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

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

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

ancient border of Kyiv - very energetic place. Offers also terrace with stunning views. Located in the heart of the city

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

...but it's still just a statue. 3.5 stars if that were an option. An important figure in Ukrainian history no doubt, but as an American I don't know much about him. Nice statue; take a picture and move on.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2015

Located right next to The Golden Gate (original entrance to Kiev), this statue is not bad. Based upon Yaroslav's life story, I suppose I was expecting something more "warrior-like". If you plan to visit The Golden Gate, you cannot miss it. Average/good.

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