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Moscow Triumphal Gate

The Triumphal Gate on Victory Square, just like many monuments in Moscow has had a turbulent history. Erected historically on Tverskaya square, it replaced a wooden triumphal gate built in 1814, raised so as to welcome Russian soldiers back from Western Europe. The contemporary gate was built in 1829-1834 according to architect Osip Bove’s, sculptors IvanVitali’s and Ivan Tverskaya’s projects. Its architecture is classical. The arc is made of a unique span and of six pairs of cat iron Corinthian columns. It is surmounted by a sculpture called “Tank and Glory”. Cast iron statues as well as high reliefs complete the majesty of the monument. In 1936, after the reconstruction of Tverskaay square, the Triumphal Gate was dismantled and kept in the Alexey Shchushev architecture museum. After the decision to reassemble it was taken, search started so as to return lost or damaged elements to the monument. The Triumphal Gate has been on its current location since November 6, 1968. It is part of an entire historical ensemble that includes the Museum-panorama “Battle of Borodino” and “Kutuzov’s izba”.
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