St Constantine - Cyril & St Methodius, UNNY227G, 1998, Slovakia

St Constantine - Cyril & St Methodius

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The sculpture symbolizes the two brothers from Thessalonike, St. Constantine-Cyril and St. Methodius, who were bidden to come from Greece to Greater Moravia, the center of which is present day Slovakia, in 863 A.D. by Prince Rastislav.  Its title St. Constantine-Cyril and St. Methodius-Patrons of Europe - the Founders of the Slovak and Slav Script and Literature"  is placed below the figures  and the sculpture's lower portion encircled by a wreath  is covered with symbols in ancient Glagolitic script.  This preslavic inscription shows the Saints' message which has endured for more than a thousand years almost as though predestined for the United Nations: The rain falls equally on all people. The sun shines equally on everybody. We all breathe the same air." The sculptural piece set on a pedestal inscribed front and back with Glagolitic script. On the left and right sides both in Slovak and English are twenty-eight verses from "Proglas" the book of Books begining with "In the begining was the Word and the word was God..."

Location (Building): 
Exterior Ground
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Artist or Maker: 
Rudavsky, Andrej
Exterior Ground Floor: 
GA southwest
82 x 25 3/4 x 20 1/8 in.
Donation Date: 
24 September 1998