Памятник «Гражданину Минину и князю Пожарскому»
Monument To Cosmas Minin and Demetry M. Pozharsky*
Кузьма Минин ( - 1616)
Дмитрий Михайлович Пожарский (1578 - 1642)
Minin and Pozharsky are heroes of the liberation struggle of the Russian people against foreign invaders of 1612.
The idea was conceived in the early 19th century, but a lot of efforts of the society were required to put the idea into life.
It was the compatriots of Kuzma Minin - residents of Nyzhny Novgorod, who stepped forward with the initiative: they collected money and the tsar Alexander 1 ordered to erect the monument specially in this city on the Volga.
The sculptor insisted that the place for the monument should be in the center of Moscow.
So it was finally decided like that.
But the «road» to Moscow for Minin and Pozharsky was a long one.
First from Petersburg, where the monument was cast out of bronze, it was brought to display in Nyzhny Novgorod as a token of appreciation to the city residents.
It has become one of the symbols of Moscow.
That was the first sculpture monument to appear in the city.
Unveiling of the monument in Moscow in February 1818 became a real festival that was accompanied by a parade of guards.
В мае 1924 памятник включён в «Список зданий, памятников, имеющих историко-художественное значение по Москве и Московской губернии».
Причиной перемещения памятника на нынешнее место явилось обращение Минина к Пожарскому: