Monument of Glory
Address: Korpusny park, Oktyabrskaya street.
The monument of Glory is situated in the place, where residents of Poltava had met Peter the Great the following day after Poltava battle. It was erected on June, 27 in 1811 in the center of the Round square. It was built according to the project of the architect Thomas de Thomon. The first monument’s projects belong to the provincial architect M. Amvrosimov. The sculptor F. Shchedrin created all the bronze parts, including the eagle. F. Gordeev and I. Martos helped him in creation.
The monument of Glory is 11 m cast-iron column. It has two meters in diameter at the base. There are three chaplets from laurel, oak and palm leaves. They symbolize sadness after the loss and grandeur of the victory. The column is set on the pedestal from polished labradorit. 18 cast-iron cannons are put out of granite pedestal. The gilded bronze eagle with a laurel wreath in its beak crowns the monument (the wing span is about 3 m). The total value of the monument was over 150 thousands of roubles. The overall height is about 17 m. The monument locks the prospect of eight city streets and creates an accomplished ensemble.
It is impossible today to imagine Poltava without the Monument of Glory. It is a symbol of the city and its beauty.