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Arch of Triumph at Night

Arch of Triumph at Night

The first wooden Triumphal Arch was built in Moscow beside the Tver Gates (end of Tverskaya Street, near Berorusskiy Railway station) in the middle of 1814 for the solemn meeting with the victorious Russian troops returning from West Europe after the war with Napoleon. Because of the monument quickly became dilapidated, they desided to replace the wooden arch with a stone one in 1829 and the prominent Russian architect Osip Bove drafted a project the same year.

Only on September 20, 1834 did the opening take place for this distinctive monument, which reflected the military power, glory and greatness of Russia and the heroism of its victorious soldiers. Bove created a bright and expressive image of unbowed Moscow arisen "from ashes and ruins," as it was written on one of the inscriptions on the arch.

The Triumphal Arch stood near the Tver Gates for 102 years. In 1936, the Soviet government decided to re-plan the square near the Belorusskaya Railway Station and the Triumphal Arch were pulled down. The rich sculptural decoration of the arch was kept for 32 years in the branch establishment of the Shusev Museum of Architecture on the grounds of the former Donskoy Priory.

In 1966 the Moscow Council of Labor Deputies made the decision about reconstruction of the Triumphal Arch at a new location. On November 6, 1968 the remarkable creation of Bove found its second life. Through the labor of designers, restorers and builders, the most grandiose Moscow's monument in honor of the victories of Russian people in the Patriotic war of 1812 had been reconstructed at the entry plaza of Kutuzov Avenue.

The Triumphal Arch is a beautiful symbol of victorious Moscow, inbued with the idea of the triumph of the Russian people. It is the main monument of the Patriotic War of 1812 in the Russian capital of Moscow. It is a visual realization of the deep gratitude of posterity to the heroic victors. "Russia ought solemnly to recall the great events of 1812," wrote the great Russian critic V. Belinsky. The reconstructed Triumphal Arch on the Square of Victory is the best confirmation of this.

Photo taken on 2005-07-25 at 23:47:56

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Date: 2008-11-12 17:57:13

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