Thursday, September 3, 2009

Now an access to the Glory Monument in Poltava is limited.

The Monument of Glory (Segermonumentet) in Poltava has been neglected up to the spring 2009 when Poltava City Council started to get ready for the coming marking of 300th anniversary of the Battle of Poltava. Eighteen cast-iron guns that were used during the battle and then mounted into monument’s foundation have been used as waste-bins for a very long time. Unique bronze decorations on the column, specially created for the monument in St. Petersburg were badly damaged and needed to be reconstructed in its original shape. Russians made a film that among other things shows the poor state of the Glory monument and teenagers drinking vodka on the monument. You can watch this documentary film on
On the eve of 300th anniversary of the Battle of Poltava the monument was thoroughly renovated. To limit an access to the monument in the evening the City Council decided to put up a fence around the monument. Entrance gate is open till 9 p.m. to avoid a violation of historical monument by drinking and littering. You can learn more about Segermonumentet in Poltava on