Monument to Peter and Fevronia of Murom

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This sculpture, dedicated to Saints Peter and Fevronia of Murom, has been installed in different cities throughout Russia as part of the national program called "In the Sphere of the Family."

Saints Peter and Fevronia lived a long and hard but pious life. They took monastic vows under the names of David and Euphrosyne and died on the same day and hour on July 8 (Old Style, June 25), 1228. Symbols of love and marital fidelity, Saints Peter and Fevronia of Murom are heavenly protectors of the family and defenders of family values.

In Volgograd the Blessing sculpture was unveiled on July 8, 2012 and two celebrations were held – Saints Peter and Fevronia Day and the Day of Family, Love, and Fidelity, which is dedicated to them. The monument is located near Saint John the Baptist Church. Metropolitan German of Volgograd and Kamyshin participated in the creation of bronze sculptures of the saints which are about three metres (10 feet) high. Peter and Fevronia hold two doves in their hands, a symbol of purity, fidelity, and love. Next to the statues on red granite are eight commandments from the New Testament which must be followed for the sake of creating and preserving strong families. The monument was created by sculptor Konstantin Chernyavsky.