Melnikov Monument

The monument to the Russian mechanical scientist and engineer Pavel Petrovich Melnikov (1804–1880), the founder of Russian Railways, was unveiled on the territory of Komsomolskaya Square on August 1, 2003, on the eve of Railway Day. The authors of the project are sculptors Salavat and Sergey Shcherbakov, architects Viktor Vasilyevich Pasenko and Sergey Gerasimov. Made at the expense of the Ministry of Railways and Transport of Russia at a factory in Zhukovsky near Moscow.

The four-meter bronze sculpture is mounted on a rectangular pedestal of red granite with a commemorative inscription: "Melnikov Pavel Petrovich First Minister of Railways of Russia." The total height of the monument is about ten meters. The scientist is depicted in full growth, in a ministerial uniform with all his orders and awards. His head is slightly turned to the left. With his left hand he points to the Leningradsky railway station, in his right hand, bent at the elbow, holds a scroll.

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