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Triumphal Arch, Moscow

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The third and the oldest surviving Triumphal Arch in Moscow was built in 1829–34 on Tverskaya Gate Square to Joseph Bové's designs in order to commemorate Russia's victory over Napoleon. It replaced an earlier wooden structure built by the veterans of the Napoleonic Wars in 1814.The arch was built in brick and lined with ashlar. The columns and statues were of cast iron. A seiuga (six-horse chariot) was designed by Giovanni Vitali. The bilingual inscription in Russian and Latin ran as follows:The arch was dismantled in 1936 as part of Joseph Stalin's reconstruction of downtown Moscow. Vitali's sculptures were then put on exhibit at an architectural museum on the grounds of the former Donskoy Monastery. After the Second World War there were plans to rebuild the structure in front of the Belarussian Railway Station.The current arch was built to Bove's original designs in 1966–68 in the middle of Kutuzovsky Avenue, close to the Victory Park. An open space surrounding the arch is known as the Victory Square.
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  • Triumphal arch (Arc de trionf)-is located in the Park Pobedy Metro station, and between the Park and the Museum of the battle of Borodinske.
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  • Located in the midst of an eight-sided arterial road. And thus not really nice. When you're there, you can watch this thing.
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  • This arch is simply awesome in it's detailed sculpture, it's sheer presence which just makes you stand and look up to it in sheer amazement. And all of this while it sits in the middle of a busy ten l...  more »