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Narva Triumphal Arch

Categories / Architecture/Sculpture, Monuments

NARVA TRIUMPHAL ARCH, built in commemoration of the Patriotic War of 1812 on Narvskaya Square (today, Stachek Square) in 1827-34 (architect V.P. Stasov). The arch replaced the old wooden gate (1814, architect G. Quarenghi, sculptor I.I. Terebenev), which used to be located at the city gate, closer to Obvodny Canal. The arch designed as a single-span arch with 12 Corinthian pillars, is complete with an attic bearing a sculptural composition representing the Chariot of Glory (sculptor P.K. Klodt designed the six-in-hand, S.S. Pimenov, the figure of Glory). At the foot of the arch stand four figures of Old Russian warriors (sculptors S.S. Pimenov, V.I. Demut-Malinovsky). Beyond the pillars, eight allegorical figures are placed (sculptor M.G. Krylov, N.A. Tokarev), on the timpana the images of flying Glories (sculptor I. Leppe). The decorative dressing of the arch includes inscriptions with the names of battles of 1812-14 and the names of Guards regiments. The Narva Triumphal Arch was inaugurated on 17August, 1834, on the 21st anniversary of the Battle of Kulm (1813). The arch was damaged during the Great Patriotic War and reconstructed in 1949-50 (architects B.A. Rozadeev, I.N. Benois, sculptor A.E. Gromov). In 1978-80, restoration work on the gate was undertaken. Since 1987, the gate's interior space (three-stories high) has been used to house an exhibit on the history of the construction of the Narva Triumphal Arch and the Patriotic War of 1812.

References: Раскин А. Г. Триумфальные арки Ленинграда. Л., 1977.

O. A. Chekanova.

Benois Irina Nikolaevna
Demut-Malinovsky Vasily Ivanovich
Gromov A.E.
Klodt von Jurgensburg Peter Karlovich
Krylov Mikhail Grigorievich
Leppe Ivan
Pimenov Stepan Stepanovich
Quarenghi Giacomo
Rozadeev Boris Alexandrovich
Stasov Vasily Petrovich
the Terebenevs
Tokarev Nikolay Andreevich

Stachek Ave/Saint Petersburg, city

Раскин А. Г. Триумфальные арки Ленинграда. Л., 1977


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