The monument to Georgy Zhukov is located in the Manezh Square in Moscow, in front of the State Historical Museum.
Marshal Zhukov played a very significant role in the victory in the WWII. He commanded many battles including the one in Berlin that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. He personally accepted the German document of surrender and inspected the Moscow Victory Parade of 1945.
The sculptor, Vyacheslav Klykov, pictured the commander standing on the stirrups during the Moscow Victory Parade while his horse Kumir is stomping on the German Nazis’ banners. The idea was to depict the commander bringing victory to the Kremlin.
The four-meter bronze figure and the two-meter granite pedestal weigh around 100 tons.
There was a lot of controversy around the monument — it was criticized for various reasons. However, the sculptor who began to make the statue on his own accord and put his soul into it, is certain that he did everything right and fully achieved the intended effect. Most historians agree with him.
The monument is a must-see, but you can’t really miss it since it is placed right at the entrance to the Red Square. For those who are well-acquainted with the history of the Soviet Great Patriotic War/ WWII, it’ll be a special treat!