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Triumphal Arch

This monument is a stark reminder of Russia’s long history of power and perseverance in its military endeavors.

Like the triumphal arches of Ancient Rome, Moscow’s Triumphal Arch commemorates a military victory. Inspect the sculptures and reliefs of the monument and try to guess what the various depictions represent.

This triumphal arch marked a change in how Russians remembered their successes. Previously, the norm was to erect religious buildings, but Peter the Great brought to the country the new practice of building victory arches. It is dedicated to the 1812 Patriotic War against Napoleon. Once a fixture in Tverskaya Zastava Square, see it now in Pobedy Square, where it was taken in the 1960s after many years in storage.

Notice the two warrior statues standing guard on the lower levels of the triumphal arch. They wear a mixture of Russian and Roman clothing, conjuring up associations with the military might of Rome. Sculptures of the goddess Victory sit gazing into the distance on the upper levels. On top of everything is the Chariot of Glory. Note how Victory is again represented here, this time with six horses dragging her chariot forward. She also carries a laurel wreath to award to her winners.

Below Victory, look for a plaque with words by Prince Mikhail Kutuzov, a field marshal, which praises the bravery of those who fought in 1812. Look closely at the monument and you will see its intricate high reliefs. These blend the Russian style of the time with ancient world influences, which lend them a mythical feel. Try to find one in which Russian soldiers are depicted smiting the French in classical garb with sword and shield.

Another high relief shows a woman with a shield sporting Moscow’s coat of arms, featuring St. George and the dragon he slayed. Alexander I is with her, in the costume of a Roman leader. Note that Minerva and Hercules, key figures in ancient mythology, watch the activities.

Take the metro to Park Pobedy to see the Triumphal Arch in Moscow. It is a public monument and as such, is free for all to admire.


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Apartlux on Ploshchad Pobedy ¥4,962
Apartlux on Ploshchad Pobedy

Apartlux on Ploshchad Pobedy

Ulitsa Ploshchad Pobedy 1B, Moscow
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Dorogomilovo, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Battle of Borodino Panorama Museum and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Arbat Street. Victory Park and Museum of the Great Patriotic War are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kutuzovskaya Station is 11 minutes by foot and Park Pobedy Station is 19 minutes.

    Kruazi on Kutuzovskiy
    Kruazi on Kutuzovskiy

    Kruazi on Kutuzovskiy

    Ploshchad Pobedy 1A, Moscow
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Dorogomilovo, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Battle of Borodino Panorama Museum and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Arbat Street. Victory Square and Triumphal Arch are also within 10 minutes. Park Pobedy Station is 6 minutes by foot and Kutuzovskaya Station is 11 minutes.

      Lakshmi Rooms Park Pobedy
      Lakshmi Rooms Park Pobedy

      Lakshmi Rooms Park Pobedy

      Ploschad Pobedy 1B, Moscow
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Dorogomilovo, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Battle of Borodino Panorama Museum and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Arbat Street. Victory Park and Museum of the Great Patriotic War are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kutuzovskaya Station is 12 minutes by foot and Moscow Fili Station is 14 minutes.

        Versal Hotel on Kutuzovskiy
        Versal Hotel on Kutuzovskiy

        Versal Hotel on Kutuzovskiy

        Ploshchad Pobedy, 1E, Moscow
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Dorogomilovo, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Battle of Borodino Panorama Museum and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Arbat Street. Victory Park and Museum of the Great Patriotic War are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kutuzovskaya Station is 12 minutes by foot and Park Pobedy Station is 19 minutes.

          ApartExpo on Pobedy Square 1B
          ApartExpo on Pobedy Square 1B

          ApartExpo on Pobedy Square 1B

          1B Pobedy sq., Moscow, Moscow
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Dorogomilovo, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Battle of Borodino Panorama Museum and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Arbat Street. Victory Park and Museum of the Great Patriotic War are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kutuzovskaya Station is 14 minutes by foot and Moscow Kiyevskaya-Sortirovochnaya Station is 14 minutes.

            ApartLux na Ploshadi Pobedy
            ApartLux na Ploshadi Pobedy

            ApartLux na Ploshadi Pobedy

            Ploshchad Pobedy, 2/2, Moscow
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Dorogomilovo, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Battle of Borodino Panorama Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Arbat Street. Victory Park and Museum of the Great Patriotic War are also within 1 mi (2 km). Park Pobedy Station is 15 minutes by foot and Kutuzovskaya Station is 15 minutes.

              ApartLux Park Pobedy 2 ¥3,715
              ApartLux Park Pobedy 2

              ApartLux Park Pobedy 2

              Ulitsa 1812 Goda 1, Moscow
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Dorogomilovo, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Battle of Borodino Panorama Museum and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Arbat Street. Victory Park and Museum of the Great Patriotic War are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kutuzovskaya Station is 13 minutes by foot and Moscow Kiyevskaya-Sortirovochnaya Station is 16 minutes.

                ApartLux Park Pobedy ¥4,868
                ApartLux Park Pobedy

                ApartLux Park Pobedy

                Generala Ermolova Street 2, Moscow
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Dorogomilovo, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Battle of Borodino Panorama Museum and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Arbat Street. Victory Park and Museum of the Great Patriotic War are also within 15 minutes. Moscow Kiyevskaya-Sortirovochnaya Station is 12 minutes by foot and Kutuzovskaya Station is 17 minutes.