Millennium of Russia, Veliky Novgorod

Take in the intricate details of what's widely considered the starting point of Russian history at Millennium of Russia, a bronze monument honoring the millenium of Rurik's arrival in Novgorod. A competition to design the monument was held in 1859, and the winning artist, Mikhail Mikeshin, designed a 15 m (49 ft) bell topped by a cross symbolizing the tsar's power. Numerous tiers of sculptures surround the bell, representing Russian monarchs, artists, generals, and other historic figures like Lomonosov, Gogol, and Brullov. Leading Russian sculptors, including Ivan Schroeder and Alexander Opekushinhe, created the 129 individual statues. Note the kneeling figure in the upper tier, symbolizing the country, and the lower tier with six groups representating different periods of the nation's history through the start of the 18th century. During World War II, the Nazis dismantled the monument and prepared to transport it to Germany, but never succeeded in doing so, and the monument was restored and unveiled again. You won't find too many English explanations posted, so hire one of the local guides, typically available in close proximity to the monument, to explain its rich history. Make Millennium of Russia part of your personalized Veliky Novgorod itinerary using our Veliky Novgorod online trip maker .
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  • A 1000th anniversary monument of the founding of Russia in the Kremlin in Nobgorod. It was built in 1862. On top is an angel with a cross and a woman in a Russian national costume, under which successive Russian monarchs (Lulik, who founded Nobgorod, Vladimir I, who christianized the principality of Kiev, Russia's predecessor, Iwan the Great, Peter I, etc.) Underneath it is a Greek Orthodox saint, underneath is a politician of the past, and at the bottom is a leading Writer and artist of Russia. When Nobgorod was captured by Nazi Germany during World War II, it was likely to be taken out to Germany, but the city was liberated by the Soviet army before it was taken away, and it ended up being only the surrounding fence and the streetlight that was lost. For fences and streetlights, new reprints have been built after the war.
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  • It is a 19th-century monument that celebrates the arrival of Rurik to Novgorod. It has more than 120 statues representing the relevant personalities in the formation of Russia.
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