At the Kazansky railway station in Moscow, a monument to the creators of Russian Railways

August 1 at the Royal Tower of the Kazan station in Moscow hosted the opening ceremony of the monument to the creators of the Russian railways. The event was dedicated to the professional holiday — Day of the railway, which is traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday of August.

The monument "Founders of the Russian railways" is a granite pedestal surmounted by a bust of Emperor Nicholas I, surrounded by bronze figures of outstanding industry: a father and son Cherepanov, Franz Anton von Gerstner, Pavel Melnikov, Michael Hilkova, Sergei Witte.  Location for the sculpture was not chosen by chance. September 2, 2011 at the base of the monument was made the ceremonial laying of the capsule with reference to the descendants.

The sculptural composition is made of granite and bronze. Author — People’s Artist of Russia Salavat Shcherbakov.

When creating a multi-figure compositions authors have tried to solve several problems: a monument to the outstanding statesmen of Russia, and at the same time blend in with the historically established environment.

The pedestal is the center of a semicircular area in front of the royal tower of the Kazan station. Composition solution of the monument is made in the tradition of classical architecture, the press service of the Russian Railways.

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