Karl Marx Monument

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Neighbourhood: Garden Ring
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  • Okhotny Ryad • 2 min walk
  • Teatralnaya • 2 min walk
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Takarasina
749 contributions
Realization of his theory turned my country into a bloodbath
Jan 2021
I differ Karl Marx from a monument to him. While I shudder with horror thinking about hundreds of thousands of my countrymen who perished in the communist human flesh grinder, I agree that this statue of his is a talented piece of art. This third son of a German lawyer of Jewish origin could not foresee what his Russian followers would do with their own country, after all.
We were there with our grandchildren in January, during New Year holidays. Actually, we went there to admire fabulous illumination Moscow is so famous for but my elder unexpectedly wondered - Dad, is it Santa (he said Father Frost, as we do in Russia)? - Why? - I exclaimed, bewildered. - Well, he's with a beard and creeps out of an iceberg.
To me, let our little Russians think that the guy is a kind magician. In due course they'll grow up and get acquainted with his real ideas but it will still take some time...
Written 18 January 2021
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland20 095 contributions
once such a spiritual power in Russia
Aug 2019
In one of Moscow's most central squares, opposite the Bolshoi theatre, is a monument to a man, who has in a very great way influenced Russian history through his followers: the German Jew Karl Marx. His ideas now completely out of fashion it is a surprise that there is still a monument to him left, apperently the only one in Moscow and all of Russia.

It is a sculpture with a bust atop a plinth of grey granite, looking all natural, made in 1961 by sculptor Lev Kerbel, who like Marx was of Jewish descent. At the foot of the monument is Marx's famous exclamation: 'Workers of the world unite!'
Written 20 July 2020
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Shelimashrafahmed
183 contributions
Amazing
Dec 2019
If you go to Russia and do not go to see karl Marx monument than no point to visit there because everyone knows his name.
Written 18 December 2019
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drogilmour
Guatemala City, Guatemala2 691 contributions
A Prussian keystone of the revolution
Dec 2019 • Couples
Although many critics don’t like the sculpture I think it makes sense for the artist to have created this monument as if Marx was stepping out from the stone into a new world of ideas, but in fact unattainable in reality because each of us wants more, not the same of that what others have.
Written 16 December 2019
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RayICue
Cornelius, NC3 888 contributions
Weak like Karl
Jun 2019 • Solo
Very weak statue, mostly disliked by the Muscovites. Looks like it wasn’t completed. A head on a block of stone . Or as our tour guide explains a refrigerator
Written 5 June 2019
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R G
Dublin, Ireland902 contributions
Full Marx
Apr 2019 • Friends
Marx is carved out of a grey granite block. The pedestal is engraved with the phrase "Workers of the World, Unite!".
Written 30 April 2019
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gentbrugg
Moscow2 304 contributions
Inappropriate monument
Jun 2018 • Solo
After Russia abandoned the ideology of communism, the monument to Marx on one of the central squares of Moscow looks especially inappropriate. The authorities wanted to remove it from this place, but couldn't do this - a monolithic block of gray granite weighs 160 tons, and ship, and then transport it is too difficult. Although to rename Theatrical the area, previously named after the Bolshevik Sverdlov, was much easier. The monument depicts Marx on the podium giving a speech and according to the authors should look majestic. However, it has generated a lot of jokes. Granite Marx was even compared to the souse leaning on the bar counter. A famous Russian actress called it"refrigerator with a beard."
Written 1 February 2019
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Andrew M
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Rare Karl Marx statue in Russia
Aug 2018 • Family
The statue of Karl Marx is located on the south side of Theatre Square opposite the Bolshoi Theatre. It is a rare statue in Russia. We had visited his bust in Kystym a few days earlier while travelling through the Urals. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels are known as the "fathers of communism", and were promoted widely in the Soviet Union after the revolution, although they were German. The statue of Karl Marx still stands here as the relic of a bygone era, but also as an important part of Russia's history. There is an inscription n the monument stating, "'workers of the world unite". A stone slab stands to the left of the monument, and has a hammer and sickle insignia. It mentions the word century, but we were not sure of the translation.

The monument has an interesting history, as in 1918 to celebrate the anniversary of the revolution, Lenin ordered that a statue be built to Marx and Engels. The statue was erected but was of poor quality and collapsed a year later. In that same year, Lenin ordered that a 200 ton slab of granite be brought and placed at the spot where the statue now stands, with a view to doing a permanent sculpture.A ceremony was held in 1920, attended by Lenin, proclaiming the future sculpture and an inscription done on the block of granite stating, “First stone of the monument to the great chieftain and teacher of the world proletariat. It would be another 40 years before a sculptor, Lev Kerbel ,was chosen and the work commenced.

It was opened in 1961, and has been a popular photo op since then. The Friedrich Engels statue should also be visited, which is located at the Prechistensky Gate area, which is three subway stops away on the Red subway Line 1 to Kropotkinskaya Station. We had also visited Bisjkek, Kyrygzstan a few weeks before and viewed a statue of Marx and Engels in a small park.
Written 14 November 2018
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WW_Traveller023
Kirrawee, Australia1 774 contributions
Impressive statue near the Kremlin, popular meeting place
Oct 2017 • Friends
This is supposedly the last remaining statue of Marx in Mosocw - if there were others why would they not exist now - a question noone seems to be able to answer ?. This statue was created in 1961 and is located in Teatralnaya Square, directly across the street from the Bolshoi Theatre.The inscription reads “Proletarians of all countries, Unite!”. It seems to be a popular meeting place.
Written 20 June 2018
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verm0unt
Singapore, Singapore192 contributions
Greatness in a concrete block
Jan 2018 • Solo
As an avid Karl Marx lover, I just had to visit this monument. It’s the last standing Karl Marx monument in Russia. I don’t see any reason why anyone would want to remove it and why should they remove it.
Written 2 April 2018
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