Cossack Yermak Scuplture at Tolmachevo Airport, Novosibirsk.

Dedicated to Cossack Yermak Timofeyevich

What’s that? It’s the Cossack Yermak Timofeyevich scuplture called simply “The Conquest of Siberia.” It appeared inside Novosibirsk Airport (Tolmachevo) this year after the total building reconstruction.

By the way, a decade ago and even a couple of years ago, Tolmachevo Airport looked very old and was a bright example of the Soviet architecture. Nowadays, it’s pretty mordern and serves as the hub for Siberia Airlines (S7). Today’s airport interior can be seen even in these pics taken by a friend of mine, Halan (blog), last weekend.

Why is this sculpture so special?

Do not consider this monument as something special, sublime and lofty, but apparently it is the first wonder for people, who arrives in Novosibirsk.

You can remember it for a few reasons:

1. Cossack Yermak depicted in that art piece is the man, who began the so-called Russian conquest of Siberia in July 1580. More historical facts might be, certainly, found in Wiki’s Russian conquest of Siberia.

2. This is Russia’s biggest sculpture created for private funds, precisely the project idea is Roman Trotsenko, the airport majority interest holder. The sculpture creator was Yunus Safardiyar.

3. Some representatives of Siberian nations dislike it, as the mask of a Turkic man is installed above the angry wolf.

Cossack Yermak Scuplture at Tolmachevo Airport, Novosibirsk.

Cossack Yermak Scuplture at Tolmachevo Airport, Novosibirsk.

Cossack Yermak Scuplture at Tolmachevo Airport, Novosibirsk.

Cossack Yermak Scuplture at Tolmachevo Airport, Novosibirsk.

Cossack Yermak Scuplture at Tolmachevo Airport, Novosibirsk.

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