Mother of The Motehrland in Kyiv


Kyivans also adore this place, as the monument is surrounded by a marvelous park and the largest museum in the city dedicated to events and, precisely, victims of World War II. I remember Mother of the Motherland since childhood, when I had visited the site with my schoolmates, but these memories only contribute to my firm conviction - it is the most divine place in Kyiv. 

               First of all, while standing on the hill or even if ascending to the top of the statue, one can see the breathtaking view of Kyiv. Big city with its nearly 3 million residents is plain to see; on the one hand - the old buildings of the Right Bank, on the other - agglomerations of new houses on the Left. That is one of the distinguishing features of modern Kyiv; the survivals of the past are contrasted with promising future. 

               Anyway, the core site of the place is the monument. The statue of Mother of the Motherland was opened in 1981, but planning and construction works lasted for decades. Originally the statue was conceived to be covered with gold, according to the idea Eugene Vuchetich. Though, the architect did not live to see even the beginning of the project. Therefore, the creation of the monument was commissioned under the guidance of Vasily Beard and the team of sculptors from Kiev, as a result of the initial draft by Vuchetich was significantly redesigned. 

 It is possible to say that the best Ukrainian engineers, architect and constructors were engaged in the project. The steel covering was produced in Zaporizhia by specialists from Paton Institute of Electric Welding. The statue is comprised of blocks, and the total weight is about 450 tons. In particular, the sculpture of the Mother of the Mothrland stands with the 16 meters long sword in one hand (it weighs 9 tons) and with shield with the coat of arms of the USSR in the other (13 tons). It is also interesting to know that the building crane was drowned in the Dnieper River. It could not be demounted in short terms before the opening ceremony; thereupon the authorities decided to cut it in pieces by autogenous welder and bury them in vast waters of the river. The reason was obvious: the leaders of communist party would have never forgiven such an embarrassment.

Mother of The Motehrland in Kyiv