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As I told you before, during Soviet government most of historical monuments from the imperial times were dismantled.
Here we can see Vladimir, the Great, who ruled the original primitive country from 980 to 1015. He was a prince of Novgorod and Kiev and had to fight against his half-brother to be alive and after victory became the new prince of Novgorod and Rus. In 990 he moved the capital of country to a new city named Vladimir.
He was a pagan and there is a version of history saying he decided to be a monotheist and sent members of his court to investigate the big religions around. He didn't like Judaism because he guessed if they had lost Jerusalem it was a proof God wasn't more with them. He refused be a Muslin, because it was prohibited to eat pork meat and drink alcohol and a Russian who can't drink vodka, isn't a Russian. He refused to be a Catholic because the churches they found in Germany and Lithuania were so poor. At the end the members of the court became enchanted with the orthodox religion of Constantinople and the rich temples and rituals they had, it is told it was a way of locals to impress them.
There are other version saying Vladimir had troubles to keep the power and asked for help from byzantine emperor and the price of this help was his conversion to the orthodox faith and marriage with a princess of that country. It is told he destroyed all the pagan idols in his palace and obligated the whole people to be baptized in the waters of the Dnieper river.
This monument is very new and would be positioned in a famous hill around Moscow River, but the area was protected by environmental laws and they decided to put it near the Kremlin, that is located few meters at right, in the BG you can see the Lenina Library, the largest of Russia, paying homage to Vladimir Lenin, who tried to kill the faith brought by the original Vladimir.
This monument has marvelous relives behind I will show you in the next post.
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Como j disse antes, durante o regime sovitico quase todos os monumentos em homenagem aos personagens histricos da era imperial foram destrudos.
Aqui vemos uma esttua erguida h poucos anos em homenagem a Vladimir, o Grande. Esse homem governou a Rssia primitiva de 980 at 1015. Ele era prncipe de Novgorod e Kiev e teve que lutar pela vida contra seu meio-irmo e depois se tornou o novo lder da nao. No ano de 990 ele mudou a capital de Kiev para uma cidade nova, chamada de Vladimir.
Ele era pago e, segundo uma das verses da histria, decidiu se converter a uma das religies monotestas, mandou emissrios pelo mundo para estudar as religies e escolher uma delas. No quis se tornar judeu porque achava que se eles haviam perdido Jerusalm era sinal de que Deus no estava mais com eles. No quis virar muulmano, pois eles proibiam a carne de porco e a bebida alcolica e um russo no era um russo se no podia beber vodka. No quis se tornar catlico pois as igrejas que haviam visitado na Alemanha e na Litunia eram to pobres e feias que no os impressionaram. J os ortodoxos de Constantinopla fizeram festas e rituais to ricos e tinham igrejas to preciosas que encantaram os emissrios e o rei acabou se convertendo.
Outra verso da histria diz que o rei enfrentava revoltas em seu reino e pediu ajuda ao rei de Bizncio e esse o ajudou com a condio de que ele se convertesse e se casasse com uma princesa bizantina. Depois disso Vladimir destruiu os dolos pagos do seu palcio e obrigou seu povo todo a se batizar nas guas do rio Dnieper.
Ese monumento novinho em folha, era para ter sido erguido no topo de uma colina diante do rio Moscou, mas a rea era protegida por leis ambientais e decidiram colocar o monumento perto do Kremlin, que fica a alguns metros direita da foto.Ao fundo vemos a Biblioteca Lenina, que a maior da Rssia e presta homenagem a Vladimir Lenin, que ao contrrio do primeiro Vladimir, quis acabar com a f trazida por ele.
Esse monumento tem um grande painel com relevos maravilhoso, algo que vou mostrar na prxima postagem.

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