Triumphal arch, Chișinău
|Arcul de Triumf|
The Triumphal arch and Nativity Cathedral
|Location||Piaţa Marii Adunări Naţionale, Central Chişinău|
|Width||10 metres (33 ft)|
|Height||13 metres (43 ft)|
|Dedicated to||Russo-Turkish War|
The Triumphal arch was built in 1840 by the architect I. Zauschevic and thanks to the governor's of Bessarabia initiative to commemorate the victory of the Russian Empire over the Ottoman Empire during the Russo-Turkish War (1828–29). From its construction to 2011 the monument sheltered at its second level a huge bell of nearly 6400 kg (400 Puduri).
It was smelted with the copper of the cannons captured by the Russian forces from the Ottoman Empire. The bell "clopote–velican" was initially made for the cathedral's belfry but happened to be too big for it. Finally it was installed in this arch, which was designed in purpose.
The monument and the mechanism of its clock were fully restored in 1973.
- Centrul istoric al Chişinǎlui, La începutul secolului al XXI-LEA, Chișinǎu, Editura ARC, 2009
- Iurie Colesnic; Petru Starostenco (1997). Chişinău. Enciclopedie. Chişinău: ed. "Museum". pp. 381–382.
- Ceasul de pe Arcul de Triumf
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