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10 Remarkable Russian Monuments

10. March 2011 by Michelle 0 Comments

There are thousands of monuments in Russia and Ukraine, with some dating back several centuries. However, in the last 25 years, many weird yet wonderful monuments have started to appear, becoming incredibly popular with both locals and visitors.


The ideas for these sculptures were usually taken from well-known literary works, local folklore, or special regional or historical events. Many traditions are often connected with these monuments, such as throwing a coin, taking a memorable picture, or just touching the sculpture for good luck.


Here are 10 fascinating monuments from the capital city to the Russian Far East.


Good Luck Boots

Moscow students have a monument that reflects the superstitions connected to college. One belief is that if you put a coin in your shoe before taking an exam, then you’ll pass it.


Kuzya Bee

This bronze bee monument is located in Kuzminki Park in southeast Moscow. Some say the bee was the favorite insect of the mayor, who was also a part-time beekeeper. In addition to honoring the bee, the monument is dedicated to the diligence it personifies.


House Slippers

Many Russians wear slippers, or tapochki, at home. In Tomsk, two bronze slippers have been put on a pedestal on the porch of the city hospital and bears the encouraging inscription: "Feel at home". 


Mask of Sorrow

In the city of Magadan, this monument is devoted to the victims of Stalin’s political repressions, who served sentences in the Gulag hard labor camp in Kolyma. The central part represents a human face with tears dropping from the left eye, while the right eye looks like a barred window. On the back side, there is a crying woman at the feet of a beheaded man on a cross.


Give Way to the Ducklings

This adorable monument in Moscow reminds drivers and pedestrians to look out for their feathered friends.


Ellochka the Cannibal Woman

Ellochka Shukin is a character of 12 Chairs, the novel by Ilf and Petrov. Her vocabulary was about 30 words and she was compared with cannibals from the Mumba-Yumba tribe, whose vocabulary was 300 words. The name "Ellochka the Cannibal Woman" figuratively means a person with limited vocabulary. This stunning statue stands in Kharkiv, Ukraine.


The Enema

In the southern Russian city of Zheleznovodsk sits a bronze syringe bulb, weighing 800 pounds. It's held by three angels, outside of the Mashuk-Akva Term Spa. "There is no kitsch or obscenity, it is a successful work of art," says the spa director. "An enema is almost a symbol of our region."


The Woman Dragonfly


The Plumber


The Chocolate Fairy