Alexander Column (Rostov-on-Don)

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Alexander Column
Александровская колонна
Александрийская колонна (вид от входа в парк).JPG
Location Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast, Russia
Material granite
Height 11 m
Opening date 1894
Dedicated to Alexander II

The Alexander Column (Russian: Александровская колонна) is a monument erected 1894 in Nakhichevan-on-Don (now a part of Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast, Russia) in the Alexander parc (now the Vitya Cherevichkin parc).[1]

The column was inaugurated on 18 September 1894 to celebrate the 25 years reign of emperor Alexander II of Russia. On the occasion the park in which the column stands was also renamed after the sovereign.

The column consists of a granite monolith upon which sits a double-headed eagle perched on a globe. On the pedestal two commemorative plaques read: ″In memory of 25 glorious year of reign of Emperor Alexander II[2]″ and ″the Armenian community of Nakhichevan-on-Don 25·IX·1894[3]

After the Russian revolution the column is the only tsarist monument not to be torn down by the new authorities. They only removed the crowning double-headed eagle and the commemorative plaques on the pedestal. In 1994 the column was returned to its original state.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Памятники Нахичевани (Листая старые архивы)". rostovbereg.ru. Retrieved 2017-03-16. 
  2. ^ In Russian: Въ память XXV лѣтія славнаго царствованія Императора Александра II.
  3. ^ In Russian: Отъ Нахичеванскаго на Дону армянскаго общества 25·IX·1894.