Unveiling of St. Paul the Apostle Sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli in Greece

On June 7, 2013 in the city of Veria, near Thessaloniki, there will be an unveiling ceremony for the bronze monument to St. Paul the Apostle created by Zurab Tsereteli, the world renowned sculptor, People’s Artist of Russia, President of the Russian Academy of Arts. The event is a part of the program of the first visit of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill to Greece that played a significant role in the Christianization of Russia.

Veria is one of the oldest cities in Europe where St. Paul the Apostle preached and set up a Christian community. Since the early 1960s, when he started working on Biblical themes, Zurab Tsereteli has created a lot of monumental panels and sculptural compositions on topics of New and Old Testaments. Well-known are his monuments to St. Olga Equal to the Apostle (Pskov, Russia), to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexi II, Catholicos –Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II (Tsereteli Art Gallery, Moscow, Russia), St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker (Bari, Italy), John Paul II (Ploermel, France) and others.

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