Art at Site	Vladimir	Sherwood	Monument to the Heroes of Plevna

Vladimir Sherwood

Monument to the Heroes of Plevna

Il'inskiye Vorota ploshchad'
Memorial chapel, octagonal and mostly from cast iron. Each side has three levels. The lower level is decorated with a high relief plaque illustrating the exploits of the Grenadiers.
The second level has four texts, two of them in church-slavic (for me unreadable), the other two are:
In memory of the war with Turkey, in the years 1877 and 1878 Plevna, Kars, Aladja Hadji Waly .
The interior, now empty, once housed a set of bronze plaques listing 18 Grenadier officers and 542 soldiers who died at Plevna. Front of a statue are two cast iron bollards with the words Вѣ пользу / увѣчныхѣ / гренадерѣ / и / ихѣ / семействѣ (in favor of lame Grenadiers and their families).
In 1877 near the Bulgarian city of Plevna there was a historic battle between Russian army under the command of general Mikhail Scobelev and Turkish troops of Osman-pasha. 40,000 Russian warriors gave their lives to save their Slavic brothers from the Osman yoke. The memorial chapel was built up at the cost of grenadiers’ donations in memory of comrades fallen by Plevna. The building of the memorial was supported by the whole Russian community who took the Russian-Turkish war as their sacred duty to protect coreligionist brother nations. The Chapel of Plevna was unveiled on 11th December, 1887 on the 10th anniversary of the heroic battle. In Soviet times, the chapel was abandoned, much of the interior decoration, jewelry and bronze plates with names of the fallen grenadier lost.