Saints Cyril and Methodius statue
Public Art: Saint Cyril and Methodius statue
Sculptor: © Vladimir Matousek
Architect: © Radim Horak
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
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
Acknowledgements: A special thank you
Bee for kindly providing the