Moscow, Russian Federation
May 21, 2017
Standing near the Victory Park is the triumphal arch of Moscow, the third and the oldest surviving Triumphal Arch in the capital of the Russian Federation. It was built between 1829–1834 to commemorate Russia’s victory over Napoleon.
The arch was based from Joseph Bové’s designs, built in brick and lined with ashlar, with its columns and statues made of cast iron. A seiuga (six-horse chariot) was designed by Giovanni Vitali.
The bilingual inscription in Russian and Latin reads as follows: “To the blessed memory of Alexander I who raised from ashes and adorned with many memorials of paternal care this former capital that had been committed to the mercy of fire during the invasion of the Gauls and twelve other nations.”
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