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Monument to Yuri Dolgoruky

Tverskaya Square

Monument to Yuri Dolgoruky was opened on June 6, 1954 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Moscow (sculptors - S. Orlov, A. Antropov,N. Shtamm, architect - V. Andreev). It was laid down during the celebration of the 800th anniversary of Moscowin 1947 on modern Tverskaya Square, opposite the Сity hall. Yuri Dolgoruky is considered the legendary founder of Moscow. The monument is one of the symbols of the capital. In addition to establishing the monument, reburial of the Grand Duke was considered. A special expedition, studying the official burial place of Dolgoruky, discovered that it was false. Only much later Yuri’s remains were found in thetemple of Savioron Berestove at Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. The monument, established in Moscow, is a collective image of Russian epic heroes: a horseman, dressed in military armor, points to the location where a fortress should be built. Now the monument is the site of official events related to commemoration day of the city.

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