Monument to Anna Yaroslavna, Queen of France, opened in Belgium

In Arlon, one of the oldest cities in Belgium, a bronze sculpture of Anna Yaroslavna - Queen of France and daughter of Grand Prince of Kyiv Yaroslav the Wise - was erected. The monument was donated by the Kyiv community as part of the Queen's Way project, which provides the erection of Anna Kyiv monuments in key European cities on the way to France. This is reported by Kyiv State City Administration.

Anna of Kyiv

The monument was placed near St. Donat's Church on the Knipshen hill. In the XI-XVI centuries it was the place where the castle of Arlon County was situated. It is likely that this is where Anna of Kyiv stayed in the XI century when traveling to France. The impressions and friendship that appeared during Anna’s stay in the county allowed her many years later to confide the regency under the young king of France, Philipp I, with the legendary Baldwin V of Flanders. Arlon is the penultimate place on the way to France. The sculpture of the young Princess Anna, created by Kostyantyn Skrytutsky, is a replica of the sculpture installed in November 2016 in the Anna Kyivska Square in Lviv Square in Kyiv.