Millennium of Russia, Veliky Novgorod

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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Veliky Novgorod attractions like Millennium of Russia can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The history of our country in one monument! Very interesting and informative. Is required to visit, preferably with a guide or a local resident.
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  • This is one of the most popular and famous monuments of Veliky Novgorod. It is located in the heart of the city, and more specifically the Novgorod detince (Kremlin) opposite the St. Sophia Cathedral. In the composition of many characters, it is encrypted and ball-power (Imperial regalia) and bell-shaped pedestal (veche object free city) and many figures of various people affecting the history of the State. Consider this miracle can be long and with great interest. Moreover, the monument also has an unusual history and legends. 
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  • When you want to see the history of the State faces-then this is your option. The story could be, and complement. but the main thing to be proud for its history and remember the roots.
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