Monument to Matvei Platov

The Monument to Matvei Platov (Russian: Памятник Матвею Ивановичу Платову) is the first sculpture constructed in Novocherkassk, Rostov Oblast, Russia. It is dedicated to Matvei Ivanovich Platov, who was a famous Don Ataman, the founder of Novocherkassk, General of the Cavalry and a hero of the Patriotic War of 1812.

Monument to Matvei Platov
Памятник Матвею Ивановичу Платову
Легендарный атаман 1.JPG
LocationNovocherkassk, Rostov Oblast, Russia
Materialbronze, granite
Opening dateMay 9, 1853
Restored dateMay 16, 1993
Dedicated toMatvei Ivanovich Platov
Dismantled date1923

HistoryEdit

 
The original monument, early 1900s.

The Monument to Matvei Platov was first established one hundred years after his birth, on May 9, 1853, in the city of Novocherkassk, during the reign of Nicholas I. This monument was built by the famous sculptor Peter Clodt von Jürgensburg and architect A.I.Ivanov. It was placed at Atamansky Garden Square in the city center, in front of the Ataman Palace.

70 years later, in 1923, by decree of the Council of People's Commissars "On the removal of monuments erected in honor of the tsars and their servants..." issued on April 12, 1918, the monument was taken from its pedestal and transferred to Novocherkassk museum. In 1925, on the same place was constructed a monument to Vladimir Lenin.

In 1933, the monument to Platov was melted for bearings at the Novocherkassk Machine-Building Plant.

In 1993, another monument that looks alike the original version was erected at the same place. However, its outlook is not completely authentic: there is no metal fence around it, no canons, and the fountain has also not been restored in its original form.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Памятник М.И. Платову" (in Russian). Памятники Дона. Retrieved 2017-01-17.

Coordinates: 47°24′48″N 40°06′29″E / 47.4133°N 40.1080°E / 47.4133; 40.1080