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Monumento al Soldado y el Marinero en Sebastopol



Récord: 27 m

Tipo: Estatuas




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Continente: Europa

País: Rusia

Localización: Crimea, Sebastopol, Cabo Cristal (Khrustalny)

Año: 2007

Estado: Terminado

Descripción:Soldier and Sailor Memorial, Sevastopol, Ukraine

Posted on December 19, 2012 by mamayevkurgan

This 40-metre-tall sculpture is one of the more recent monuments to the Great Patriotic War, in no small part because it took over three decades from initial planning to the official unveiling of the completed monument. Approval for the monument was first granted by the Soviet authorities in 1972, but construction did not begin until 1981.

The project was led by N. Zharikov, in collaboration with sculptors E. Bialystok, G. Petroshevicha and O. Suprun and architect Konstantin Sidorov. From the start, however, the project was plagued by controversy, with some critics claiming that the statue was facing in a direction that suggested that the figures were running away from the enemy and others simply arguing that the sculpture was ugly. By 1988, funding had dried up and the statue stood unfinished for years. In 1990, the city council began moves to have the memorial designated as an “artistic failure” and dismantled, but after a campaign led by veterans, money was raised to complete the monument, which was finally officially inaugurated on May 8, 2007.

The original plans included the construction of a museum dedicated to the 1941-42 siege, but, unlike the statue, funding to complete this was never raised. The empty shell of the museum building can be seen to the right of the statue in the photo below.

The monument stands just off Kapitanska Street (Капітанська вул.) on the southern shore of Sevastopol Bay.



The Monument to Soldier and Sailor is located on Khrustalny (Crystal) Cape. It's height is 40 meters, and it was considered one of the biggest monuments of the Soviet Union. The story of its creation is controversial, and has 35 years of age. Its construction was ordered by the Soviet Union Government in 1972, but the construction was started only in 1981.

This sculpture was the main composition of the Memorial Complex on Khrustalny Cape, which was never embodied. Many years the controversy about the monument did not abate. Some representatives considered it unfortunate, too grotesque and historically inaccurate, because the weapons of soldiers sent in the wrong direction, where was the enemy. Therefore, almost in the final stages of the construction of the monument was closed, in addition to run out of money allocated for its construction.

In 1990 there was even a threat of dismantling of the monument as a result of the creative failure. But the Sevastopol city Union of Veterans, however, defended the monument dedicated to the defenders of Sevastopol. In 2005 started an extensive work on its restoration. Was made a large area with the eternal flame, great views of the Sevastopol Bay and sea gate of the city, behind the monument are alleys with trees and benches.

The Monument to Soldier and Sailor is one of the most visited tourist places. Need to see the monument close to appreciate its scope, proportions, grandeur and power.










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