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Victor Monument taken down for restoration works in Belgrade03:07

Victor Monument taken down for restoration works in Belgrade

Serbia, Belgrade
October 11, 2019 at 10:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

'The Victor' Monument, one of Belgrade's greatest landmarks, was removed from its pedestal for restoration in the Serbian capital, on Thursday.

Restoration of the foundation, which began in early August, was necessary as the monument had tilted 30 centimetres (12 inches) from its vertical axis. During a recent 3D scan, great damage was also discovered to the monument, including as many as 30 holes from the World War II-era.

The reconstruction of the figure will take about four months, when the monument will be restored to the Kalemegdan Fortress. In order to carry out the restoration, the sculpture must be dismantled and restored along with all the damaged supporting parts of the structure.

The Victory Monument was erected in 1928 on the Upper Town of Belgrade Fortress to commemorate ten years since of the breakthrough of the Thessaloniki Front, marking Serbia's victory over the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires during the Balkan Wars and the First World War.

The bronze male figure, which was designated as a cultural heritage site in 1992, is the work of sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, while the pedestal is the work of architect Petar Bajalovic.

Victor Monument taken down for restoration works in Belgrade03:07
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'The Victor' Monument, one of Belgrade's greatest landmarks, was removed from its pedestal for restoration in the Serbian capital, on Thursday.

Restoration of the foundation, which began in early August, was necessary as the monument had tilted 30 centimetres (12 inches) from its vertical axis. During a recent 3D scan, great damage was also discovered to the monument, including as many as 30 holes from the World War II-era.

The reconstruction of the figure will take about four months, when the monument will be restored to the Kalemegdan Fortress. In order to carry out the restoration, the sculpture must be dismantled and restored along with all the damaged supporting parts of the structure.

The Victory Monument was erected in 1928 on the Upper Town of Belgrade Fortress to commemorate ten years since of the breakthrough of the Thessaloniki Front, marking Serbia's victory over the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires during the Balkan Wars and the First World War.

The bronze male figure, which was designated as a cultural heritage site in 1992, is the work of sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, while the pedestal is the work of architect Petar Bajalovic.

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