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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  • A very interesting monument is located inside the Kremlin. In it the whole history of our country. You can stand and consider the shape.
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  • Located on the territory of the Kremlin. If you find the Novgorod Kremlin, and past the monument "Millenium of Russia" do not pass! In Novgorod was several times, and each time got all the new impressions and from this monument, it sets the mood, fascinates with its greatness. Be sure to read the story of the pmjatnika, then it will be much more interesting looking into to detail!
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  • This monument is really huge. You should order a tour quide while looking the monument to understand the purpose of this monument. 
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  • A unique place with a powerful energy. Especially impressed with the story about how the Germans tried to take out the monument, but failed.
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  • Exceptional! To understand the time scale. Trying to find out those people that are depicted in the monument, you realize how little you know. If something happens-very good.
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  • Very nice and resulting in the monument. Well watch it with excursion to gain insight into the composition.
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  • The "route from the Varangians to Greece" continues moving to the Lovat River.
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