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The Most Remarkable Monuments in Russia, Part 1
October 30, 2014 11:18


Russia is renowned for its monuments, some of them grand and glorious, and some very unusual and even ridiculous. There are famous gigantic monuments and less known miniature monuments in this vast country.

The Highest Buddha Statue in Russia
 
Russia’s highest Buddha statue will appear in 2015, though it was planned to be set up much earlier. All the construction is sponsored by citizens’ donations. 
 
The huge monument will be erected on the mountain Dogee in Kyzyl, the capital city of the Tuva Republic. Buddha meditating in a lotus posture will be visible from all the suburbs of Kyzyl.
 
Budda sculpture is planned to be gilded. It will be made of fiberglass, which is light and at the same time strong material. It will be created by masters in Tibet. Then it will be transported by train to Kyzyl. It is expected that the monument will be ready as soon as this winter.

 
It will take about 10 million rubles to make this monumental Buddha that will be 21 meters high together with the pedestal it sits on. 
 
The Biggest Lenin Monument 
 
Among the most famous Lenin Monuments there stands out the biggest one, which is located in Volgograd. It is the world’s biggest monument among those dedicated to real people. This is why it was included in the Guinness Book of Records.
 
It can be seen standing right on the bank of the Volga-Don Canal. It is about fifty seven meters high, with the pedestal making thirty meters of the whole monument.
 
The Volga-Don Canal was built under the Stalin's rule; therefore it was initially his sculpture standing on the pedestal from 1952 to 1961. Stalin’s monument was taken off overnight and the pedestal remained empty for many years. 

It was planned to replace Stalin’s sculpture with Lenin’s bust and then decided to set a monument that would be higher than the previous one. The year 1973 saw the 27-meter Lenin statue set up on the pedestal. 
 
The Smallest Monuments in Russia 
Surprisingly, not all the remarkable monuments are massive and huge. Some of them are just tiny. 
Such is a 10 cm tall bronze rebel of the times of Minin and Pozharsky. It can be seen in the Settlement of Lukh of the Ivanovo Region. The miniature rebel monument financed by local people and created by a local dweller was set up in the gate niche by the entrance to the ancient fortress. 
 
St. Petersburg is rich with small monuments to animals. These include the well-known Chizhyk-Pyzhik, The Hare Sculpture, and The Good Cat
 
 

Tyumen has a monument to a stray dog, and Ramenskoye boasts quite small monuments to characters of Soviet animated films. There is even a Sprats Monument set up in the Kaliningrad Region that is famous for fish industry. A little monument to the White Hat is the symbol of Anapa.
 
Krasnodar harbours a monument to a lost purse on the walkway. The Invisible Man Monument set up in Yekaterinburg is of miniature size. Slippers Monument stands on a 20 cm pedestal in Tomsk
 
The tiniest monument was set up in Tomsk in 2013: it is just 44 mm high Frog the Traveler. The miniature frog sits on a stone in the centre of a tiled circle and thoughtfully looks into the sky. The monument has an inscription: “The monument to Frog the Traveler, the smallest monument in the world”.
 
 
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Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Monuments to People Monuments    

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