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Eight Monuments Dedicated to Friendship

We suggest visiting squares, courtyards and parks with monuments dedicated to fast friendship of historic figures, literary characters, movie heroes and even entire countries.

Friendship of Nations Fountain

Photo: VDNH Press service
Photo: AGN Moscow/Kirill Zykov
Photo: VDNH Press service
Photo: VDNH Press service

The first stop is the Friendship of Nations Fountain at VDNKh (National Economy Achievement Exhibition). It was built during the reconstruction of the exhibition in the 1950s. Since then, the fountain became one of VDNKh’s landmarks. It features 16 young women, symbolizing the 16 republics of the Soviet Union, dancing in a circle around an enormous golden sheaf of wheat.

Mira Avenue, 119
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Koroviev and Behemoth

Photo: Elena Rodina 

Yet another pair of inseparable friends, Koroviev and cat Behemoth, await visitors near the Bulgakov House. The monument to the characters of Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita appeared next to the museum in the year of the writer’s 120th birthday.

Moscow, Bolshaya Sadovaya Street, 10
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

Photo: mos.ru
Photo: AGN Moscow/Sergey Vedyashkin

The monument to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson is waiting for crime fiction fans at 10 Smolenskaya Embankment. 

The spot was chosen for a reason: the building housing the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Russia is quite nearby. The sculptural group was erected in 2007 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of publication of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first story about the adventures of the brilliant detective and his friend.

Moscow, Smolenskaya Embankment, 10
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Karandash and Klyaksa

Photo: Elena Rodina
Photo: Elena Rodina
Photo: Elena Rodina
Picture of 'Karandash and Klyaksa' cartoon

Yet another location in the city with a monument to two friends is the House of the Union of Circus Performers. Here you can see the monument to Karandash [Pencil] and his faithful dog Klyaksa [Inkblot]. Mikhail Rumyantsev was working at the House of the Union of Circus Performers for many years. He created a character named Karandash for his performances. His duet with the dog was so popular that many people went to the circus just to see them. A puppet cartoon Karandash and Klyaksa, the Funny Hunters was released in 1954. It was one of the first 3D cartoons made in the Soviet Union after World War II. According to one urban legend, holding Karandash by the thumb of his right hand brings good luck.

Moscow, Yefremova Street, 12/2
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Peter the Great and Franz Lefort

Photo: Elena Rodina
Photo: Elena Rodina
Photo: Elena Rodina
Photo: Elena Rodina

Monuments to historic figures also feature on this list. Thus, at the entrance to the Lefort Park at the Krasnokazarmennaya Street there is an obelisk depicting at its center the Russian Emperor Peter the Great and his friend and advisor Franz Lefort.

Moscow, Lefortovo Park
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Gaidar and the Characters of Timur and His Squad

Photo: Elena Rodina 

This is a composition of three sculptures of the writer Arkady Gaidar, a boy wearing a budenovka [a pointed military hat] and a girl in a sailor suit. The girl and the writer seem to be listening intently to the boy. There is no evidence that the sculptors meant the children as characters of Gaidar's stories, but many associate them with Zhenya and Timur from the short novel Timur and His Squad.

Moscow, Shkulyova Street, 2
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Radschleger at the Dusseldorf Park

Photo: AGN Moscow 

The monument was erected to commemorate close relations between Moscow and Dusseldorf. This is the so-called 'Radschleger', a boy doing a hand-stand. This is the German city’s symbol; its name means 'cartwheel boy' in German. The Mayor of Dusseldorf presented this sculpture to Moscow in 2009, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of friendship between the cities.

Moscow, Perervinsky Boulevard, 13
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Russia – Armenia Friendship Monument

Photo: Elena Rodina 

It is dedicated to good relations between Russia and Armenia. The statue is located at 43 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street and features two female figures clinging to each other, with a cross between them.

Moscow, Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, 43
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