Week of Sophia of Kyiv Begins
On 21 September, the week of the Cathedral of the Holy Sophia of Kyiv, dedicated to its 1000th anniversary, begins. So reported the General Director of the National Reserve Sophia of Kyiv, Nelia Kukovalska at a press-conference on 19 September in Kyiv.
“We are pleased that our scientific concept of dating the Sophia has been recognized. We have travelled a long and difficult way to achieve this,” she noted
According to N. Kukovalska, the events will begin today, on 21 September with a presentation of a documentary “Sophia of Kyiv: 1st millennium,” produced by the Hlas Studio, opening of an exhibition “Monuments of the Ukrainian Art of the 15th-19th cc.” presenting exhibits of the stocks of the Kyiv Cave Reserve, opening of the restored monument of the 18th c., the Gate of Zaborovskyi and a project “The angels of the Sophia of Kyiv as well as planting of trees for the Metropolitan’s garden.
On the next day, a memorial board on occasion of 1000th anniversary of the shrine will be opened and a memorial coin of the National Bank of Ukraine and a special project “1000th anniversary of Sophia of Kyiv” of a Ukrainian painter, Myroslav Otkovych will be presented.
On 24 September, celebratory events with the participation of Ukraine’s President and choirs of different denominations are to take place at the Sophia Square.
It was announced at the press-conference, that in September, a photo exhibition Sophia of Kyiv. Milestones of History” has been opened at the head quarters of YUNESCO in Paris. The information materials in various languages together with the photo exhibition have been passed to 37 foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine. “These are the diplomatic institutions which have directly applied for the information materials as their countries show an extremely great interest for Sophia not only among the experts but also ordinary citizens. It is a serious sign of the attitude of the global community to today’s event,” said the Deputy Minister of Culture, Tymofii Kokhan.
The events dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of the Sophia of Kyiv will continue during the year, reported UNIAN.