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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  • This victory arch actually appears out of nowhere. It is just in the vicinity of the park. It documents a fabulous piece of history, but unfortunately, is not among the best looking or famous monument...  more »
  • I didn’t expect to see a Trumphal Arch in Moscow and it was a pleasant surprice on the way to the war museum to see this monument This Arch reminded me of the one in Paris and actually this Arch was m...  more »
  • On new year holidays arch adorned with lighted sleigh horses, Grandfather Frost and snow maiden. Near poklonnaya Gora with ice sculptures. A lot of people, holiday atmosphere can be felt from a distance.
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  • Here is the great arch Moscow. History and stories here before will be created as a victory in the current door.
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