Monument to Minin and Pozharsky, Nizhny Novgorod

Admire Monument to Minin and Pozharsky, commemorating Prince Dmitry Pozharsky and the merchant Kuzma Minin for leading an army of Russian volunteers to defend Moscow against Polish invasion during the Time of Troubles in 1612. The bronze statue, erected in 1818, was designed by architect Ivan Martos, and is widely recognized as the nation's first monumental sculpture. Walk around the base to see detailed depictions of the defense. The bottom portion depicts townspeople bringing their sons to be armed as part of the volunteer army, referring to the fact that Minin forced the city to provide funds and men for the army by holding the women of the town hostage. Another part of the base shows Polish soldiers fleeing from the city center, pursued by Russian troops. After the 1917 revolution, the Communist authorities declared that the monument, positioned in the center of Red Square, was interfering with Stalin's plans for mass military parades, and moved it to its current location. Monument to Minin and Pozharsky is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Nizhny Novgorod Edition.
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  • I can't believe that this monument was not here, so organically it fits into the landscape of the People's Unity Square. A big thank you to Cereteli that here he left his gigantism - the ideal size for this place, the Moscow monument is bigger and this size here was inappropriate.
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  • Historical justice has been done! The monument, which was to be installed here in 1818, returned to its place in 2005. It was from here, from the porch of the Church of the Nativity ionn the Forerunner in 1611, Kuzma Minin called on the Nizhny Novgorod residents to come to the liberation of Moscow from the Polish invaders. I always admire the monuments of the 18th-19th centuries: the fine work of the sculptor, the characteristic features and dynamics of the characters, the balanced proportions of the monument and the pedestal, the organic binding to the place - all thoughtfully and beautifully executed. Modern sculptors, except for Alexander Rukavyshnikov perhaps, only irritate me, I'm sorry... I can imagine how the great Tsereteli was "broken" when he agreed to "step on the throat" of his talent and simply copy the monument of Ivan Martos' work - a task for an apprentice. But the copy was successful and fell into place. It seems more logical to me here than in Moscow.
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  • The city center and best place to discover the classic architecture and history of the city.
  • One of the most popular selffie place. Nothing interested in terms of view, but place itself very fameous. You could spent couple minutes and visit if you will be somewhere around.
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