Saints Cyril and Methodius statue

Saints Cyril and Methodius statue, Brno, Czech Republic

Public Art: Saint Cyril and Methodius statue

Sculptor: © Vladimir Matousek

Architect: © Radim Horak

Description:

Date: The Saint Cyril and Methodius statue was unveiled in June, 2013 to commemorate the 1150th anniversary of the arrival of the saints to Moravia. During the unveiling the statue was blessed by Bishop Vojtech Cikrle

Location: Outside the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul in Brno

Background of Saint Cyril and Methodius: Saints Cyril and Methodius were two brothers born in Greek Macedonia. They later would become Christian missionaries among the Slavic peoples of the Great Moravia and Pannonia. They are credited for introducing Orthodox Christianity and writings to the illiterate pagan Slav migrants. They did this by translating  the slavic languages into written characters. It became known as the Glagolitic alphabet. This made it possible for them to translate the Bible and other Ancient Greek ecclesiastical texts with the intention of converting the Slavs to Christianity in places like Great Moravia.

In 1980, Pope John Paul II declared them co-patron saints of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia.

Background to the Saint Cyril and Methodius statue : A competition was announced in 2011 for the designing of a sculpture to commemorate the 1150th anniversay of the arrival of the Saints Cyril and Methodius to Moravia. An eight member committee judged the 29 submissions and chose the work of Vladimir Matousek describing it "as humble, contemporary, expressive and communicative, bringing into the context of the place its peculiar shape, which will bear favorable comparison to the statues of Saints Peter and Paul already standing there."

Acknowledgements: A special thank you to Silvie Bee for kindly providing the photographs.

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