Magnificent monument to Stefan Nemanja will be unveiled today; Vucic attends ceremony

The monument to one of the most important Serbian rulers, the Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja, will be ceremoniously unveiled today, on Saint Sava Day, January 27.

Source: Tanjug
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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will also attend the ceremony on Sava Square.

The monument of imposing dimensions was made in bronze and is the work of the Russian sculptor Alexander Rukavishnikov, an active member of Russian Academy of Arts and a head of sculpture department in The Surikov Art Institute. The monument was delivered from Moscow to the Serbian capital successively, in parts.

About ten Russian masters took part in the installation of the monument, which began in August last year, along with local workers who were in charge of the reconstruction of the square itself.

The monument is 23.5 meters high and five meters below the ground, weighs about 80 tons, and the pedestal is a kind of open-air museum, because around the scepter of the monument are mounted fragments of a Byzantine helmet with mosaics on the inside that represent parts of Stefan Nemanja's life.

The plateau around the monument is paved with stone cubes more than 100 years old, which were found during the works in the immediate vicinity of Sava Square.

The monument that was erected differs from the one that won the competition, because Stefan Nemanja now holds a sword in one hand instead of a cross, which Professor Sima Avramović explained by saying that Stefan Nemanja was the founder of Serbian statehood and spirituality, but that the idea of statehood prevailed, which was not achieved by the Russian cross but, as always, by the sword.

Changes in traffic regime

The Belgrade Secretariat for Public Transport announced that during the ceremonial unveiling of the monument, the regime of public transport will be changed today from 5 to 10 p.m.

Tram lines 7, 9 and 12 are being abolished, and 6 and 11L are being strengthened. On the stretch Youth Stadium - Banjica, tram line 9L is being established, while tram lines 6 and 14, as well as lines 11L and 13 will work on their routes without changes.

Bus lines 3A, 51, 511, 601, in both directions, will run along the route Savska - Nikolaja Kravcova - Boulevard Woodrow Wilson - terminus "Belgrade Waterfront". Vehicles on line 36 will go in both directions along the route Nemanjina - Knez Miloš Street - Blvd vojvoda Putnik and further along the regular route.

On lines 52, 53, 56 and 56L, vehicles will move along the route Savska - Nikolaja Kravcova - Woodrow Wilson Boulevard - Zemunski put - Karadjordjeva - Montenegro Street - Jug Bogdanova - Zeleni venac.

Vehicles from lines 78 and 83 will follow the route in both directions Trg Slavija - Nemanjina - Knez Miloš Street - Nikola Pašić Square - Dečanska Street - Terazije tunnel - Brankova - Branko\'s bridge - Blvd Mihajlo Pupin and further along the regular route.

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