Monument to Orthodox saint Sergiy Radonezhsky was set in Crimean capital Simferopol.

The opening ceremony was attended by Russian State Duma Chairman Sergey Naryshkin, Crimean Parliament chairman Vladimir Konstantinov and Simferopol and Crimea Metropolitan Lazar, Simferopol mayor Victor Ageeyev and Simferopol residents.

The monument, made of granite and bronze, was sculpted by Moscow sculptor Fedor Parshyn.

Speaking at the ceremony, Naryshkin stressed the importance of the monument set in Crimea.

“Today we commemorate the 700th anniversary of St. Sergiy Radonezhsky, who contributed to the life of Russian Orthodox church and the fate of Russian statehood. It is extremely symbolic, that his monument was set in Crimea, region that is inseparable with Russia in its past, present and future” – he said.

In turn Konstantinov noted that the monument is the beginning of bright spiritual way.

“The monument to great martyr is the beginning of bright spiritual way of Crimea’s revival”- he noted.