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The Most Remarkable Monuments in Russia, Part 2
October 30, 2014 11:37


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The Most Famous Monuments in Russia 

Every country has its own most famous monuments, so does Russia. One of them is Mother Motherland is Calling! located in Volgograd and is one of the biggest monuments in the world. 
 
A famous Moscow sight is the Minin and Pozharsky Monument set up in the Red Square long ago and well-known all over Russia and abroad. The monument The Worker and the Collective Farmer has long become a symbol of the Communist people power. The Tsar Bell and the Tsar Cannon located in the Moscow Kremlin area are popular sights, which are observed by every tourist on an excursion around Moscow.
 
One of the symbols and landmarks of St. Petersburg is The Bronze Horseman. Veliky Novgorod harbours a most beautiful of the well-known monuments. It is titled The Millennium of Russia. The monument was erected in 1862 and was timed to the 1000th anniversary since the legendary summoning of the Varangians to Russia.
 
Some significant monuments of St. Petersburg are well-known in Russia and abroad. Thus, the 32 meter high Rostral Columns in the Vasilyevsky Island are known to almost everybody as the symbol of navy greatness of St. Petersburg. 
The list of famous monuments includes Alexander Pushkin Monuments in Moscow and St. Petersburg. 

The Highest Monument in Russia
 
The 40 meter monument Alyosha dedicated to defenders of the Subarctic and set up in Murmansk is one of the world’s highest monuments. However, highest monument in Russia is Peter the Great Monument erected in the heart of Moscow in 1997. The overall height of the monument makes 98 meters. Its unveiling was timed to the 850th anniversary of Moscow. It should be noted that the gigantic monument provoked considerable controversy in the Russian society, since lots of people found it flashy and tasteless.
 
It reminded of the modified Columbus statue that was produced by the sculptor Zurab Tsereteli for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the American continent by Columbus and failed to be sold to the USA or other countries. There was even a petition against having this monument in Moscow. Moreover, a certain group of activists attempted to blow it up, and after their failed effort the access to the monument was closed.
 
 The giant is set up on an artificial islet specially made for it in the Moskva River. The monument is 98 meters high. Not a few people believe that this massive construction spoils one of the most beautiful places of Moscow, whereas the overpowering intimidating figure of Peter the First is of no artistic value. It ranks 10th among the ugliest monuments of the world. Nevertheless, technically the monument is a most unique engineering construction.
 
Bronze surface details are fixed on the support framework of stainless steel. The lower part and Peter’s sculpture with the ship were assembled one after another and then mounted all together. The highest quality bronze was used for the monument. 
 
The controversial monument to Peter I ranks 5th among the biggest monuments of the world.
 
 
 
 
 
 




Author: Vera Ivanova

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