India’s Taj Mahal and Roman Colosseum: Icy replicas of world-famous landmarks on Poklonnaya Gora

India’s Taj Mahal and Roman Colosseum: Icy replicas of world-famous landmarks on Poklonnaya Gora
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This year’s Ice Moscow: In the Family Circle festival will be dedicated to great civilisations. Miniature replicas of Chinese emperors’ palace, Parthenon, the main temple of ancient Athens, the Great Sphinx of Egypt and the Pyramid of Cheops will decorate Pobedy (Victory) Park.

From 29 December until 13 January, it will be possible to see icy replicas of ancient landmarks and the most famous structures of the world in Pobedy Park on Poklonnaya Gora.  The sculptures will be put up during the 4th Ice Moscow: In the Family Circle festival. This year’s event will be dedicated to great civilisations, including Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient China, Ancient India and other cultures that considerably influenced the development of humankind. Several dozen icy sculptures will be created in the park. The smallest on display will be just one metre tall, and the largest will tower ten metres above the ground.

“A replica of the Colosseum, the main landmark of Rome, will become one of the most interesting sculptures included in the Ice Moscow exhibition. In ancient times, this amphitheatre was used for gladiatorial battles. Replicas of two Assyrian bulls will stand at the entrance to the festival venue. Stone sculptures of these mythical creatures with the bodies of bulls, human heads and bird wings often ‘guarded’ temples and palaces of Assyria, an ancient state in what are now Syria and Iraq,” project founder and manager Alexander Kovtunets said.

Icy copies of the Chinese Imperial Palace, Parthenon, the main temple in ancient Athens, the Great Sphinx of Egypt and the Pyramid of Cheops will also be put up. A replica of the Moscow Kremlin Wall with five towers and an ice-slide cascade will become the festival’s traditional visiting card. It will feature a ten-metre tall Spasskaya Tower, with the longest slide measuring 100 m. The festival venue will also feature a replica of St Basil’s Cathedral, another famous Moscow landmark.

Some exhibits will be located inside three tents, a new festival format. A two-section tent will deal with European civilization. One part will acquaint people with the Early Middle Ages and the epic Age of Chivalry. This section will include an icy replica of King Arthur’s Round Table where he and his knights used to sit. Reenactors wearing medieval armour will also be wondering around the place. A replica of the magic sword Excalibur will protrude from an icy stone. The tent’s second part will display masterpieces by Renaissance painters, including Raphael, Michelangelo and Botticelli. They and a replica of Rome’s most famous Trevi Fountain will also be made out of ice.

The second tent will be dedicated to Ancient India, with an icy replica of the Taj Mahal decorating its central section. People will be able to pose for a photo near a replica of a life-size icy Indian elephant or sit on a Raja’s throne. Entertainers in Indian suits holding large fans will welcome visitors.

A toasty warm tent will be turned into an improvised African continent. Heaters will maintain the room temperature inside the place that will have no ice sculptures. Most exhibits will be made from sand, including the palm trees and a pride of lions. Recliners and an artificial sea made from pebbles will help to further add to the atmosphere of this venue.

Each day, in Pobedy Park there will be festive concerts, plays and performances honouring various cultures and nations. People will get a chance to enjoy Russian ballets and a medieval ball or to watch a play about the life of ancient Greek gods on Mount Olympus. Gladiators will fight each other near the Colosseum’s icy replica, and a traditional Chinese procession with dragons will march past the Imperial Palace. Visitors are expected to thoroughly enjoy themselves at Zakrutikha (Twirl) town offering national games and attractions. These custom-made wooden attractions have been meticulously restored and built using unique technical drawings, descriptions and engravings from the 18th and early 19th centuries. They exactly replicate wooden boat swings, a Ferris wheel, a Cockaigne pole, stilts, a spoon shooting gallery and other popular games at local fairs.

Last year’s Ice Moscow: In the Family Circle festival honoured countries involved in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and included icy sculptures of Sherlock Holmes, Baron Munchausen and Karlsson, as well as replicas of world-famous architectural landmarks.

The sculptures were placed in eight groups corresponding to the groups into which the 32 national teams were divided in after the Final Draw on 1 December 2017.