Saturday, August 19, 2017

Yekaterinburg monument to Peter and Fevronia planned for July

Yekaterinburg city officials have scheduled the installation of a monument to Saint Prince Peter and Princess Fevronia Murom in front of the Cathedral on the Blood in the Proletarian quarter by July 8.

The sculpture, which has already been constructed, includes two figures on a rook background. The installation of such monuments is meant to help Russia to get out of its demographic crisis. Monuments to Peter and Fevronia have already been installed in Yaroslavl, Ulyanovsk, Arkhangelsk, Krasnodar and Kursk, 66.ru reports.

The city has previously considered installing a monument to the two figures, with the latest attempt coming last year when Archbishop Vincent offered to put the sculpture in the historic square.

The story of Peter and Fevronia comes from an 11th century Russian folk tale famously adapted in the mid-16th century by Hermolaus-Erasmus. In the story, the brother of the prince must defeat a conniving snake with a magical sword. Peter is successful at killing the snake but the snake's blood poisons the warrior. Fevronia, a wise young peasant maiden, heals Peter in return for marriage. While he balks at first, the two eventually get married. When Peter's brother dies, Peter and Fevronia comes to rule in Murom. While Fevronia and Peter are at first banished to Fevronian peasant status, the two eventually return to the town to reign happily and wisely.