The site of the monument to Nicholas I in St. Petersburg will issue at the time of restoration

CC BY-SA 4.0 / Godot13 / Monument to Nicholas I on St. Isaac’s square in Saint Petersburg. Archival photoThe site of the monument to Nicholas I in St. Petersburg will issue at the time of restorationCC BY-SA 4.0 / Godot13 /

The authorities of St. Petersburg plan to creatively decorate the area around the monument to Emperor Nicholas I on St. Isaac’s square in the city centre for the period of restoration, has informed journalists on Thursday the Chairman of the city Committee for state control, use and protection of monuments of history and culture (KGIOP) Sergei Makarov.

«It will not be dull procedure of restoration of the fence, this should be interesting… we Have a few creative ideas how to make this place at the time of restoration», — he told reporters, without specifying details.

According to Makarov, originally on the site of the monument will be installed banner.

The scaffolding around the monument for its survey before restoration was scheduled to begin Thursday, but city officials postponed the procedure due to bad weather and strong winds, reaching 24 meters per second. «If it is fine tomorrow, we will begin to put up fences,» — said Makarov.

According to him, the restoration works will be preceded by a complete survey of the monument, which, according to the head of the Committee, is «in very poor condition.» Restoration is complicated by the fact that, to date, has not been preserved drawings, allowing you to perform those technical solutions which were applied during the installation of the sculpture. The equestrian statue of Emperor Nicholas I in the XIX century was considered a technical miracle, as it was Europe’s first equestrian statue with two support points.

«We want to start full information. We honestly fear for the condition of the monument», — said Makarov.

According to him, the restoration work in full can be completed in 2020. «I think the year 2020, the end of the year 2020 is the best time», — said the head of the Committee, noting that the timing can be adjusted depending on the results of the survey of the sculpture, which the period of work will not be transferred from St. Isaac’s square.

Monument to Emperor Nicholas I, created by order of Alexander II in memory of his father, is a landmark of the St. Isaac’s square in Saint Petersburg. Architect Auguste Montferrand. The equestrian statue, which was solemnly open in the summer of 1859, is a six-meter bronze sculpture of Emperor Nicholas I in the breastplate and the dress uniform of the cavalry regiment riding the horse. The fulcrum of the statue serve as rear legs of the horse.

Restoration work on the results of competitive selection will perform the workshop «Heritage». The cost of the first stage of the restoration — about 27 million roubles.

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