Ivan The Terrible Monument

Western European Russia

Unveiled in late 2016, Russia's first monument to the formidable 16th-century tsar, Ivan the Terrible, has caused plenty of controversy. Locals protested against the plans for months and the planned location was moved from a central square to a spot near the river. The city of Oryol was chosen as authorities believe Ivan founded the region, though this is debated by historians. The bronze monument has him sitting atop a horse carrying high the Orthodox cross.

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2. Ploshchad Mira

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6. Turgenev Statue

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