Archbishop Luke’s name, professor Valentin Voyno-Yasenetsky, is closely connected to Tambov land. Here he had been doing his surgeries during the years of WWII and had saved many lives, as well as working in the spiritual field taking an active part in the revival of Christian Orthodox sacred places.
Two monuments have been installed in Tambov in honor of this prominent man and one of Tambov municipal hospitals bears his name.
The monument, situated in Archbishop Luke Street (former Komsomolskaya Street), stands right next to the house where the archpastor had been renting small rooms in 1944-1946. Today, this wooden building accommodates the museum of Luke.
The bust was designed by famous sculptor Alexander Apollonov supported on the initiative coming from the Russian Military Historical Society. The revered man is portrayed as a scientist leaning over a book.
It is known for a fact that Prof. Voyno-Yasenetsky was the only member of the church awarded with the Stalin Prize for his research works in medicine. He donated the greater part of the prize to orphanages.