A new sculptural composition "City Scales" was established near Minsk Town Hall at Svobody Square. The memorial depicting the citizens that weigh some goods carefully, symbolizes the development of Minsk as a large trade and craft center after it was given the Magdeburg Law in 1499.
Minsk was given the Magdeburg Law 515 years ago, on March 14, 1499, on the decision of Alexander I Jagiellon, the Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland. The royal charter gave the citizens of Minsk the permission to build a city hall, the symbol of municipal government. Apart from that, the standards of mass and volume and the city scales were established.
The sculpture was created by Alexander Prokhorov and is just a part of the city government's program on decoration of the capital's historical center with works of monumental and decorative art. Thus, in 2013 the statue of John the Apostle was opened near the Spiritual and Educational Center of the Belarusian Orthodox church. It is also planned to open more monuments: "Sword" near Zamchishche dedicated to the first mentioning of Minsk in the Tale of Bygone Years; the Appropriation of Madonna Image sculpture will be placed at the beginning of Zybinskaya street. Svobody Square later will also be decorated by a sculptural composition depicting the fathers of Belarusian opera - writer Vincent Dunin-Martsinkevich and composer Stanislav Monyushko.
Seal of Minsk Town Hall with the сity emblem