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29Sep/101

New monuments of Yekaterinburg

Like all post-Soviet cities, Yekaterinburg has many impressive Soviet monuments including ubiquitous Lenin on Lenin Avenue. Fortunately, the 21st century artists have paid their tribute. The new monuments and sculptures of Yekaterinburg are less grandeur, more true-to-life and attract many tourists. Thanks to them the city looks cosier warmer and unique.

Giant keyboard aka QWERTY monument or Klava in Russian

Well, this one is following the Soviet traditions being rather gigantic - QWERTY monument is relatively new but has already become one of the main city attractions along with Church on the Blood. It's interesting, that in a few days after the official opening of the monument somebody stole two concrete letters (each letter weighs 80 kg!) The letters were never found and were replaced by the new heavier ones. You can find it and jump from Enter to Delete on the eastern bank of the Iset River between Malysheva and Kuybysheva streets next to the Beatles monument.

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The monument to the Beatles was opened by the local fan club in Yekaterinburg. Reportedly, it's the only Beatles memorial in Russia

Sir Paul hasn't had time to visit it yet but John Lennon's band Quarrymen came to the opening ceremony and that was more than enough to make the post-Soviet fans happy.  Now the monument is also supported by the Wall of Love. The wall depicts the houses of the Beatles in Liverpool and everyone can leave a peaceful message on it.

The Russian music fans like to take pictures at the monument to Vladimir Vysotsky and Marina Vlady in front of Antey skyscraper

Vladimir Vysotsky was an iconic Soviet singer. His songs about common people in Moscow or Gulag were officially banned in the USSR. A French actress Marina Vlady was his long-term long-distance love.

Vainera walking street (a so-called Uralski Arbat) is full of bronze sculptures dedicated to the city dwellers of the past. For example, the sculpture of Artamonov - a local craftsman who invented a bicycle. Didn't you know that the bicycle was invented in the Urals? Every local child will tell you so. Okay, it wasn't the first bicycle ever but the first created in Yekaterinburg.

The legend says that Artamonov created and iron bicycle and rode all the way to St. Petersburg to see the coronation of the Russian Tsar. He then came back still on his iron friend.

If you go to the right from the Central Train Station you get to the old station which is now a Rail Museum. There are some interesting sculptures of the station workers in front of the museum:

A sculpture of provodnitsa carrying tea to her passengers. Provodnitsa (carriage attendant) is a well known word to anyone who went by Trans-Siberian trains.

Yekaterinburg has also the one and only monument to an Invisible Man. I intentionally didn't post the photo of it so that you can use your imagination and think how a monument to an Invisible Man may look like. To find the answer just visit Yekaterinburg. You will spot the monument near the main entrance to Belinski Library on Belinskogo st, 15.

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Here are some more photos of the new monuments and sculptures in Yekaterinburg:


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