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Mini-sculpture Mykolaychyk – helper of St. Nicholas

🕒 Date of last update of the article: 16.02.2024 at 4:18 p.m   |  🖋 Author: Viktor Shatrov

Helper of Saint Nicholas is the first mini-sculpture of Uzhgorod. Its author is Mykhailo Kolodko. It is located on the railings on Teatralnaya Square (GPS: 48.622069, 22.298199). Almost immediately, residents of Uzhgorod began to affectionately call her Mykolaychyk.

This cute mini sculpture was installed on December 19, 2010. Her figure is made of bronze. The height of the miniature Mykolaychyk is only 16 centimeters, but he weighs as much as 12 kg. Almost immediately after its installation, the sculpture became the center of Saint Nicholas Day celebrations and charity auctions in the city.

Міні-скульптура Миколайчик – помічник святого Миколая

Local residents believe that if you rub Mykolaychyk’s nose and make a wish, it will come true, of course, if you have behaved well at least during the last year.

Photo and video of the mini-sculpture “Mykolaychyk”

Brief overview

🗺 Location N48°37′20″ E22°17′54″
🗽 Opening date 12/19/2010
🧑 Author Mykhailo Kolodko
🧭 Distance from the center of Uzhgorod Near
🚙 Road for Car, on foot
🏕 Stop with a tent No
🏡 Housing nearby Uzhgorod
☕ Cafes and shops Uzhgorod

Assistant to St Nicholas – the first mini-sculpture in Uzhgorod

In her book Uzhgorod – the World Capital of Mini-Sculptures, Nadiya Popadiuk tells a legend full of fairy tale atmosphere associated with this mini-sculpture. According to this legend, in December 2010, St Nicholas counted the number of letters sent from different cities and villages of Ukraine, and it turned out that he received the most wishes from children from Uzhgorod. And most importantly, all these children’s letters were different in content from the others. Uzhgorod children most often asked for health for their parents and happiness and love for their families, rather than material goods and gifts. This touched the kind heart of St Nicholas so much that he decided to open his official representative office in Uzhhorod and installed a mini-sculpture of his authorised assistant on the railing near the pedestrian bridge on Teatralna Square. Since then, anyone can rub the nose of Uzhgorod St Nicholas to heal from illness or to find their happiness.

How to get to the mini-sculpture of the helper of St. Nicholas in Uzhgorod

 Walking route

🔰 Start From the Carpathia mini-sculpture
🚶 Walking distance 9 m

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He was born and lived all his life in Uzhhorod. He graduated with a gold medal from Uzhhorod School No. 1 named after Taras Shevchenko (now Uzhhorod Lyceum named after Taras Shevchenko). He studied at the History Department of UzhNU, graduating with honours in 2009. He worked as a senior researcher at the Transcarpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, a lecturer at the East European Slavic University.