Monument celebrating Edict of Milan unveiled in NišSource: Tanjug
NIŠ -- A monument celebrating 1700 years since the proclamation of the Edict of Milan has been unveiled in Niš, southern Serbia.
The ceremony was led by Niš Mayor Zoran Perišić and Vicar General of the Belgrade Catholic Archdiocese Fr. Leopold Rohmes.
The monument, "Metamorphosis Constantiniana," is the work of Serbian sculptor Dragan Radenović. It stands about five meters tall, and was erected at the Nišava River Quay near the City Hall.
“Let this gesture of goodwill and respect be the foundation for future fraternal relations and mutual respect between all religious communities in Niš,” Perišić said, thanking the Catholic Church for their gift to the city.
The monument was symbolically presented to Niš by Belgrade Catholic Archbishop Stanislav Hočevar, who said that this donation shows how important it is to understand the signs of the times and to answer them promptly, clearly and decisively, "just like Constantine the Great did."
According to a description by the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Volokolamsk, Hilarion Alfeyev, the dominant vertical of the bronze sculpture consists of three different portraits of Constantine.
The sculpture's top is crowned with the sign of the cross, and part of the sculpture is a flight of a mythical raven, which the author made a carrier of the flag of victory.
The Edict of Milan stopped the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. Constantine the Great, Rome's first Christian emperor, was born in Naissus - Niš in present-day Serbia.