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Monument to the Magdeburg Rights (Kiev)

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Monument to the Magdeburg Rights in Kiev
Monument to the Magdeburg Rights in Kiev
Monument to the Magdeburg Rights in Kiev
Monument to the Magdeburg Rights in Kiev

The Monument to the Magdeburg Rights (Ukrainian: Пам'ятник Маґдебурзькому праву) is a monument commemorating the return to Kiev of its Magdeburg rights, which granted its right to self government. It is located in Podil Raion, Kiev, at the foothills of the former Mykhailo Hill, next to the Shore Highway. It is considered to be the city's oldest monument. It is also called the Column of the Magdeburg Rights, the Baptizing of Ruthenia Monument, and the Lower Monument of the Saint Volodymyr. It is a scenic spot overlooking the Dnieper river, popular for local baptisms.


Staircase entrance at Volodymyrsky Descent
Staircase entrance at Volodymyrsky Descent

The monument was erected in 1802 to commemorate the return of Magdeburg rights which were first granted back in the 15th century by Alexander Jagiellon. That event the city's residents celebrated for three days with illumination and dance and later collected 10,000 rubles for the construction of a chapel and a monument with a fountain. The monument's author was the Kiev architect Andrey Melensky. The brick pavilion over a spring was consecrated on August 15, 1802. Since 1804 the Metropolitan Serapion started crucessions to the monument for the blessing of the water. It is the place where Saint Vladimir of Kiev baptized his sons into the Christian faith..

See also

Further reading

  • Encyclopedic handbook: Kyiv. Monument to the Magdeburg Rights. "Ukrainian Soviet Encyclopedia". Kiev 1981.
  • Tolochko, L., Hrybovska, O. Monument to the Saint Prince Volodymyr in Kyiv. "Tekhnika". Kiev 2007.
  • Zakrevsky, N. Description of Kiev.

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