Narva Triumphal Arch

Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Narva Triumphal Arch was erected in the vast Narva Square (known as the Stachek Square in Soviet years), in 1814 to commemorate the Russian victory over Napoleon. The wooden structure was constructed on the Narva highway with the purpose of greeting the soldiers who were returning from abroad after their victory over Napoleon. The architect of the original Narva Arch was Giacomo Quarenghi. The program was meant to respond to theArc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris, originally erected to celebrate Napoleon's victory over the Allies at Austerlitz, but the material used was a weather-resistant plaster that was never intended to be permanent.

Between 1827 and 1834 Vasily Stasov redesigned and rebuilt the gate in stone. A similar gate, also by Stasov, was erected on the road leading to Moscow. A sculptor Vasily Demut-Malinovsky was responsible for the arch's sculptural decor. As has been conventional since Imperial Roman times, sculptures of Fame offering laurel wreaths fill the spandrels of the central arch. The mainentablature breaks boldly forward over paired Composite columns that flank the opening and support colossal sculptures. Nike, the Goddess of Victory surmounts the arch, in a triumphal car drawn by six horses, sculpted by Peter Clodt von Jürgensburg, instead of the traditional Quadriga.

Neither the arch nor the Russian Admiralty were protected from artillery bombardments during the Siege of Leningrad. A small military museum was opened in the upper part of the arch in 1989. At the beginning of 21st century the gate was capitally restored and according to experts, is in a fine condition as of August 2009.

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Founded: 1827-1834
Category: Statues in Russia

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RAMPRASAD SRINIVASAN (2 years ago)
Yet another imposing monument built in USSR
Kelvin Wee (2 years ago)
Historical arc monument, great attention to detail on creating the details on the armour and even horses’ bottoms. Accessible via underground passage filled with stalls from Narvskaya metro station. There’s a museum in the arc but sadly didn’t manage to visit as it was closed - check the opening hours! You can have a meal from across the street - there’s some food stalls including Burger King and even supermarket.
Ruma (2 years ago)
Very cool and convenient location.
Karl Kalev Quelle (2 years ago)
Very beauty City and border people between EU and Russia
Michail Savchenko (2 years ago)
Gorgeous!))
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