Cossack Glory Monument

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On the central avenue of Victory Park, not far from Saint John the Baptist Church, is the Cossack Glory Monument. The idea for creating the monument came from local Cossacks.

Cossacks emerged on the territory of the Volgograd Region via the Don River in the middle of the 16th century. By the middle of the 18th century the Don Cossacks fully formed as a social class with separate settlements of Cossacks also appearing on the Volga River. The Cossacks became a major part of the population on the territory of the modern Volgograd Region and remain so to this day.

The design competition was won by Vladimir Seryakov, whose sculpture managed to capture Cossack good doers in bronze. The unveiling of the monument took place on November 4, 2010, when both National Unity Day and the Feast of Our Lady of Kazan were celebrated.

The sculpture contains two figures – a Cossack man on a horse setting out on a military campaign and a Cossack woman blessing her husband with the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God. The monument pays interesting attention to detail with costumes and weapons from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century and displays precise emotions on the faces of the Cossacks.