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Route No 3: In search of miracles
Address:
The Sophia Side
of Veliky Novgorod

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Those who want to see all the interesting sculptures in Veliky Novgorod should follow this route. Here you will see the monuments dedicated to Peter the First, Saint Peter and Saint Fevronia, to I. Polzunov, the inventor of the first steam machine. But here you will also ride the giant bicycle, meet the friendly polar bears, funny Moydodyr, the mechanic who takes the curious cat from the electric pole and other sweet characters! 

What is worth seeing: the monument to Peter I

Location: intersection of river Gzen embankment and Bolshaya Sankt-Peterburgskaya street. The alley on the opposite side of shopping center Rus.

1.40 km away from St. Sophia’s square (18 minutes on foot)

The year of creation: 2009

The author: Alexander Psheratsky and Yury Romanenko

How to get there: from the city center using buses No 1, 2, 6, 8a, 9a, 11, 16, 33, 101, to the bus stop «Kooperativnaya (Bolshaya Sankt-Peterburgskaya street)»

Description: the monument about 3 meters high, bronze sculpture of Peter I, holding a wheel in hands, stays on marble column.

What is worth seeing: the monument to St. Peter and Fevronia

Location: near the Pokrovskiy Cathedral on 18 Bredova-Zverinaya street

1.96 km away from St. Sophia’s square (25 minutes on foot)

The year of creation: 2012

The author: Petr Panchenko and Alexey Krainov

How to get there: from the city center using buses No 1, 2, 6, 8a, 9a, 11, 16, 101 to the bus stop “Musy Djalilya-Duhovskaya”

Description: the monument about 3 meters high, bronze sculptures of Peter and Fevronia holding hands against a background of a cross.

Legend: Peter and Fevronia were prince and princess from Murom. They were honored in ancient Russia as patrons of married life. Fevronia was a peasant woman, boyars were against their marriage, and they didn’t want to see a man who married a peasant woman as their prince. Peter and Fevronia chose marriage not a throne. They lived happily for a long time and passed away in the same day and time in the year 1228. They were buried separately, but their bodies magically appeared in one grave.

What is worth seeing: sculpture «Fitter and a cat»

Location: you can see fitter from Novgorod on the alley near Polytechnic College of Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University. Address: 46 Bolshaya Sankt-Peterburgskaya street

2.35 km away from St. Sophia’s square (30 minutes on foot)

The year of creation: 2010

The author: Vadim Borovykh

How to get there: from the city center using buses No 16, 6, 11, 18, 1, 2, 9, 9a, 33, 101, to the bus stop «Dvorets Molodezhi»

Descriprion: Sculptor had to master some professional skills of this character to create his figure. First of all Vadim Borovykh had learnt how to climb on the pole. By the way this pole is areal one, made of wood, as well as hooks with insulators for the fiber optics cable. But figures of a man and a cat are made of glass-fiber plastic. The characters don’t have names yet, but the composition itself already has one. Vadim Borovykh and Nikolay Sumarokov named it «Face-to-face».

Legend: if you hug the wooden pole of the sculpture, you will fulfill all the wishes.

The place to see: the monument « Sweeper»

Where: Cherepichnaya Street, 20, the territory of the «Novgorodian Spetsavtohoziaystvo» - in front of the municipal company building «Spetsavtokhoziaystvo»

The distance from the Sofiyskaya Square: 3, 42 km (45 min on foot)

The year of establishment: 2007

Author: Viktor Kornilov

How to get to the location: go from the centre of the city by buses №2, 8a, 9, 9a, 33, 101 to the bus stop «Cherepichnaya»

Description: the monument devoted to the sweeper is a metal construction. The sweeper (a man) holds a broomstick. The letters NSAH denote the company, on which territory the monument is standing: СJSC «Novgorodean Spetsavtohoziaystvo» Cherepichnaya Street, 20. The idea of creating the monument came to the CEO of CJSC «NSAH» Alexander Utkin, the novgorodean craftsman from Trubichino village realized it. «The monument is the sign of respect to the hard work not only sweepers, cleaning cars drivers, garbage truck drivers but also all people who keep our city clean», - explains Alexander Malchuk.

Legend: Your dreams will come true if you walk around… the sweeper. Who cleans every day our streets, yards and doorways? Who makes the city beautiful and light? Sweepers! They clean the roads from the snow in winter and protect us from dirt and leaves in autumn. What are they thinking about making their hard work? We will reveal you the secret: when a sweeper dreams while making his work or even sings inwardly, he without being noticed turns around himself with a broomstick. In such moments he cleans not only the ground but also his thoughts and the thoughts of people who are walking nearby. Walk around the monument, thinking about something good and heartwarming, singing and listening to the melody of the song – and your wish will certainly come true!

What is worth seeing: the monument to the family Moydodyr

Location: 30 Korsunova street, near «Russian bath» building.

3.81 km away from St. Sophia’s square (1 hour 16 minutes on foot)

The year of creation: 2008

The author: Viktor Kornilov

How to get there: from the city center using buses No 20, 4, 11, 1, 6, 16, 8a to the bus stop “Slavyansky rynok”, then turn left and go straight to «Russian Banya» building

Description: The monument to those who love cleanliness was opened near Russian bath on Korsunova street. The sculpture was created with the help of Korney Chukovsky’s magical creature. It’s a figure of Moydodyr’s wife – «Moydodyrsha» and their son «Moydodyrenok».

Neat person 2 meters high stays smiling with a big basin on his head, tap instead of nose and washstand on his belly. His wife with her hand-towel holds a baby carriage, where sits small Moydodyrenok with a tooth brush in his hands. A baby sits with his legs dangling, there are big brushes instead of shoes. The baby carriage may serve as a bench: the authors left the place for those who want to take a picture.

 Legend: For a pleasant bathing you should rub brushes on the legs of small Moydodyrenok. 

What is worth seeing: composition «Big tricycle»

Location: Kochetova street, on the opposite side of Children’s polyclinic No 2 near Evangelical church

3.2 km away from St. Sophia’s square ( 1 hour on foot)

The year of creation: 2009

How to get there: from the city center using buses No 8a, 16, 35 to the bus stop «Popova (Kochetova street)»

Description: big tricycle made of metallic framework

What is worth seeing: the monument to the inventor of a steam engine – Polzunovu I.I.

Location: intersection of Nekhinskaya and Oktyabrskaya streets

1.57 km away from St. Sophia’s square (20 minutes on foot)

The year of creation: 2011

The author: Rim Akchurin

How to get there: from the city center using buses No 4, 8, 19, 27, 35a to the bus stop «14 Nekhinskaya street»

Description: the monument about 3 meters high, bronze sculpture of the inventor stays on marble column

Legend:
Russian inventor Ivan Ivanovich Polzunov is a creator of the first in Russia steam engine and first in the world two-cylinder steam engine. Specialists consider him as Lomonosov of Russian heat engineering.

What is worth seeing: «Puppet yard»

Location: Pankovka village, 10 Zavodskaya street

5.62 km away from St. Sophia’s square (1 hour 52 minutes on foot)

The year of creation: 2011

How to get there: from the city center using buses No 2, 1a, 9a

Description: the yard was equipped by inhabitants of the house with old unnecessary things (umbrellas, clothes, toys, dishes). The inhabitants open an umbrella when it’s raining, close it and hang beside when the rain is over. Also they made swans using tires and put a hare under the birch tree, made a fly agaric from plates and glasses.

Legend: they protect the quiet of inhabitants of this yard.  

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