Putin arrived in Yalta for the opening ceremony of the monument to Alexander III

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Publishability in photobackpack Emperor Alexander III installed in the Park of Livadia in the Crimea. Archival photoPutin arrived in Yalta for the opening ceremony of the monument to Alexander III© RIA Novosti / Alexei PublishAmerica the image Bank

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived on Saturday at the opening ceremony of the monument to Emperor Alexander III in the Park of the Livadia Palace in Yalta.

On Friday head of state visited St. Petersburg.

The monument was erected in the Park of Livadia, on the place where the building is a Small Palace where, on 1 November 1894, Alexander died. III. The Palace was the favourite residence of the Emperor when he came to Livadia. During the great Patriotic war the building was destroyed.

The monument consists of two elements: horizontal steles and sculptures of a sitting Emperor, leaning on the sword. On a white marble pedestal bears the inscription: «Emperor Alexander III», and below is his famous phrase: «Russia has only two allies — its army and Navy.»

On the relief of the composition of the stele shows the images of the main achievements of the reign of the Emperor in various fields, including the establishment of the aircraft Mozhaiskogo and Mosin-Nagant rifles, the construction of factories, the development of the oil industry, the TRANS-Siberian railway, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Tretyakov gallery, Historical Museum.

Also shown is the outstanding personality of the era: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Tchaikovsky, and Mendeleev. The stele is crowned by a horizontal double-headed eagle. The General composition of the monument is a flagpole with the Russian tricolor, which became the state flag of Russia under Alexander III.

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