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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  • Stood in front of this monument for half an hour, learning the story of Russia's multifaceted history. It is phenomenal.  more »
  • A tremendous monument to 1000 years of Russia, with reliefs of various famous people from Russian history all around. Set in the middle of the Kremlin with good views of all parts.  more »
  • Amazing. Must see in Veliky Novgorod. Great monument - very educating, if you are interested in Russian history.  more »