Roman Vitsiak, 11 years old, Portugal
My name is Roman Vitsiak. I am from Ternopil. My home town is known for its clean big lake in the center. Also, there is an old Ternopil Castle that reminds ev- eryone of ancient history of the city. It just so happened that destiny brought my family and myself to Portugal, where we moved recently. I do not fall out of touch with my homeland and attend Ukrainian Saturday School “Dyvosvit” [ed. Wonder- ful world] in Lisbon. Wherever we are, my family and I always remember where we came from, worry for the fate and future of Ukraine.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6: 24-26)
In the painting “My fl ag goes where I go”, I depicted the famous Se Cathedral in Lisbon. It is not just the oldest cathedral in Lisbon, but also a historical monument, which reminds of the time when the city was invaded by the enemy. Initially, there was an ancient Roman temple at the cathedral`s site. Later, it was rebuilt into the Christian church. This cathedral was constructed in the 12th century and looked more like a fortress. Subsequently, such an architectural design proved to be useful – the cathedral survived a strong earthquake in the 18th century. Today, the cathedral includes the bell tower, the bath used for christen- ing of St. Vincent – patron saint of Lisbon, and his relics.
The Cathedral is not only a historical monument, but also a symbol of Portugal. Just like the Cathedral, Portugal sur- vived in the whirlwind of historical events due to the unity of its people. I wish that Ukraine succeeds as well!