The monument to Alexander III in Irkutsk


The monument to Alexander III in Irkutsk was erected in honor of the Russian emperor Alexander III in 1908 according to the results of the All-Russian competition announced in 1902. Demolished in 1920 on the basis of the decree "On the monuments of the republic." Restored in 2003.
On the edges of the pedestal are bronze portraits of prominent historical figures who have made a significant contribution to the development and development of Siberia. Polished blocks are made of Finnish granite and processed in the Gant workshop.

On the northern part of the monument is Yermak Timofeevich, a person who made a great contribution to the accession of Siberia to the Russian state.

On the verge facing the south, Mikhail Mikhailovich Speransky is depicted, who was the governor-general of Eastern Siberia from 1819 to 1821 and conducted successful reforms in the region.

On the western face, facing Angara, is depicted the Governor-General of Eastern Siberia, Count Nikolai Nikolaevich Muravyov-Amursky.

Count N. N. Muravyov-Amursky (bas-relief on the western face of a granite pedestal)
On the east side there is the emblem of the Russian Empire - a double-headed eagle, in whose paws there is a scroll, a royal rescript, given in the name of the heir, Tsarevich Nikolai Alexandrovich:
“Your Imperial Highness, having arrived, after a long voyage, within the boundaries of the Russian land, you, according to My command, laid in Vladivostok on the 19th day of May, 1891, the beginning of the construction of the continuous Siberian railroad I had planned. Now, appointing you as Chairman of the Siberian Railway Committee, I instruct you to bring this business of peace and the educational task of Russia in the East to an end. May the Almighty help the enterprise, so closely taken by Me to my heart, together with those assumptions that should contribute to the settlement and industrial development of Siberia. I firmly believe that you will justify my hopes and dear Russia. Sincerely loving you, Alexander. "
At the corners of the pedestal are the coats of arms of Siberia, the Irkutsk and Yenisei provinces and the Yakutsk region. To the right of the double-headed eagle is the coat of arms of Irkutsk: a babr with a sable in its teeth. The weight of the bronze figure is 4 tons, the height is 5.5 meters.

The Russian emperor himself is dressed in the form of a Cossack ataman of Siberian troops.

When visiting Lake Baikal, it is imperative to visit this historical landmark, as well as Olkhon Island or Listvyanka village on Lake Baikal.