November 4, 2018, the Day of national unity, the celebration of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God, in the capital of Tatarstan took place the opening of the monument to the Holy pious Prince Peter and Princess Fevronia. The monument was erected outside the Church in honor of Hieromartyr Kirill, Metropolitan of Kazan, the press service of the Tatarstan Metropolitanate.
The rite of consecration of the monument was celebrated by Metropolitan of Kazan and Tatarstan Theophanes.
In opening ceremony took part President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin, chief of staff of Tatarstan President Asgat Safarov, Deputy Minister of Finance Andrey Ivanov, the mufti of Tatarstan Kamil Hazrat Samigullin and other officials.
Was attended by Orthodox clergy of the Kazan diocese, families with children, Orthodox youth of the Archdiocese of Tatarstan, the faithful city.
Rustam Minnikhanov congratulated everyone on the Day of national unity, as well as the fact that in Kazan there appeared such a monument: “I Congratulate everyone with this event. Thanks to our colleagues — Russian national-cultural associations — has been a symbol of family and nobility. I sincerely thank them for this idea. I believe that family values for us all — the most important thing. We believe that the family is the basis of any state, and a strong family is a strong country. And, of course, we will promote family values in modern society”.
The head of Tatarstan Metropolia warmly thanked Tatarstan leadership for the attention to Orthodox shrines and traditions. Speaking about the head of the Republic, Metropolitan Feofan noted that Rustam Minnikhanov — the person who always responds for the best, that comes from the human heart. “Blessed Peter and Fevronia for all of us, regardless of religion and nationality, are a model of love and fidelity — said the Bishop. — In Day of national unity, we open this monument to looking to him, our family grew stronger, strengthened friendship and unity”.
In turn, Chairman of the Russian national-cultural unions of the Republic of Tatarstan, Irina Aleksandrovskaya noted that the Tatarstan President supported the many initiatives of NGOs. “Thank you for another important initiative — the creation of a monument to Peter and Fevronia — found support in your hearts. Today is a special day — the day of honoring the Kazan icon of the Mother of God. In many families, honeymooners bless this icon,” said Irina Alexander. Chairman of the Russian NGOs in the Republic of Tatarstan reminded that in more than 60 cities of Russia has opened a monument in honor of Nobleborn Peter and Fevronia.
Sculptural composition “the Holy blessed Peter and Fevronia of Murom” is set in the cities of the Russian Federation since 2009 in the framework of the national program “family”, created with the blessing of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II in 2004 and with the support of the state Corporation “rostec”. Monuments already installed in Murom, Yaroslavl, Sochi, Arkhangelsk, Blagoveshchensk and other cities of Russia. The decision on creation in Kazan the monument of the Holy Ghost was taken by Rustam Minnikhanov in June 2015. The initiative to create the monument belongs to the Russian national-cultural unification.
To create a sketch of the monument was a competition in which 11 parties have submitted 22. The winner was sculptor Peter Dobaeva. A sculptural image of Peter and Fevronia holding a dove — a symbol of peace. Around the monument was landscaped square. According to the draft, in the evening and night, the sculpture will be illuminated. It will be organized by access roads, near is Parking.