Monument to Lenin in Slonim
Sculpture, monuments, memorials
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin is one of the most famous people in the world, the founder of the first socialist state in the world, a revolutionary, a thinker. The elder brother of Lenin was executed for participating in the assassination of Tsar Alexander III that became a tragedy for the rest of the family. Until that event, Lenin was a quiet, even introverted boy, a diligent and good pupil. Teachers pointed to Ulyanov’s good behavior and thought he would follow in his father's footsteps and make a brilliant career. Nothing even said that the boy would be the future revolutionary. Vladimir was christened. But soon the spirit of protest against the Tsar, social inequality and the whole tsarist regime rose in him. After leaving gymnasium with honors, Lenin entered Kazan University, from where he was expelled for participation in a student revolutionary meeting. The young man was incredibly able-bodied and had an immense erudition. He set himself a goal to establish a working party. As we know, many of Lenin's ideas were realized. Vladimir Ilyich created the USSR, achieved the social equality of citizens and encouraged human labor.
Once there were even four monuments to Lenin in the old Belarusian town of Slonim. Slonim is located in Grodno region at the Shchara and Isa rivers. Here live about fifty thousand people. The town has ancient churches, museums and monuments. The main monument to Lenin stands close to a nice green Victory square, a favorite place of citizens and guests of the town. The sculpture, depicting Lenin to his full height, is set on a high granite pedestal. The Cathedral of the Saviour and Transfiguration, built in the 16th century, is opposite the monument. It was heavily damaged during the World War II and was taken apart in 1963. A monument to Lenin, a convinced atheist, was built in the Park in Soviet times. However, the Cathedral was rebuilt again in 1994. And it has happened so, that the leader of the peoples points the right way, holding out his hand to the Church. Tourists liked to take photos against the background: Lenin, who holds out his hand to the Cathedral. This monument is also famous for the fact that it has been shown in a Japanese cartoon-anime. However, Lenin was replaced by an unknown character, but the Cathedral and other town attractions were unchanged and easily recognizable.
Slonim is a town with its own history. It was founded in the 11th century. That place belonged to different countries, saw the worst wars, but managed to survive and continues to exist. There are a great number of various attractions in the most ancient town, because many old constructions and monuments have been preserved to our days.