Ivan Fyodorov Monument
This statue is dedicated to the man that is considered as the founder of Russian book printing: Ivan Fyodorov. His real name was Ivan Fyodorovich Moskovitin and he was deacon of the St Nicholas Gostunsky Church (in Kremlin) as well as first Moscow’s first book printer. He died in Ukraine in 1583.
We owe this monument to the Moscow Archeological Society that issued a subscription in 1870. Thirty-nine years were necessary to collect the money. The statue was therefore only erected in 1909.
The bronze statue carried out by sculptor Sergei Volnukhin and architect Ivan AMchov was initially erected close to the former state Print House directed by Ivan Fyodorov (close to Tretyakovsky Proyezd). Nowadays, after the construction of a shopping centre, it was relocated close to the Metropol Hotel.