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Arch of Triumph

Arch of Triumph

The Holly Gate, also known as the Triumphal Arch, is a magnificent structure in Chisinau’s centre. It commemorated Russia’s victory over Turkey and was built in 1846 to a design by architect I. Zaushkevich. The Arch is a classic, square-shaped piece of architecture, featuring ornately decorated Corinthian columns and a beautiful clock on the side, chiming every fifteen minutes. It stands 13 meters high and is distinctly divided into two tiers. The lower level comprises four sturdy pylons, decorated with classic Corinthian columns, which give the structure its regal look. Aside from architecture, the Arch (Gate) is also noted for its fascinating history. After the Russians had defeated the Turkish army, Tsar Nikolai I, acting on the request of General M.S. Vorontsov, one of the most prominent war veterans, ordered the making of bells from captured Turkish canons. The bells were to be installed on the bell tower inside the Arch. However, upon their completion, it became apparent that the bells were too big for the building, and therefore, a separate belfry had to be erected nearby to hold the bells.
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