Museum of religions opens in Kharkiv
The exhibition titled Museum of religions opened in AVEK’s gallery in Kharkiv. It presents models of the most famous places of worship of all time, as well as works of art, showing different religions.
The basis of the exposition is the reconstruction of ancient temples and shrines located in different places of the Earth. Among them are well-known Stonehenge in England, stone Moai statues from Easter Island, the temple of Pharaoh Ramses in Egypt, the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, the Imperial Cathedral in Aachen or the Holy Assumption Cathedral in Kyiv, and some little known sites–Greek Erechtheion, the Temple of fire Ateshgahin Baku, Azerbaijan, Kaylasanatha Rock Temple and Lotus Temple in India, the Temple of Heaven and Confucius Temple in China, the Temple ofInscriptions in Mexico.
The Museum of Religionsalso presents artifacts and artwork from the private collection of Olexandr Feldman – the Feldman Family Museum. It includes an image of Buddha, Hindu gods, Shinto pantheon, Tibetan ceremonial bowls, sacred Muslim swords Zulfiqar, African magic “nkisi” statues, ritual candlesticks, paintings and sculptures on Jewish themes and much more.
During the opening ceremony, MP of Ukraine Oleksandr Feldman noted that people should unite regardless of color, religion, language, civil and political beliefs.
“We live in a very difficult time when society is faced with an epidemic of violence. All people of good will must join their efforts to stop it. Creating a center where children should acquaint with different religions and cultures is yet another step in this direction. Because knowledge can teach tolerance,” Olexandr Feldman said.
Further project implementation includes the creation of a multimedia exposition complex in the territory of the regional landscape park “Feldman Ecopark”. According to the deputy of Ukraine, this is not just a museum of religion, it isa discussion club, a platform for interfaith dialogue to find solutions to pressing issues of social development. It was reported by the press service of the UGCC Kharkiv Exarchate.