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Monument to Lovers in Kharkov

In April 2003, a bronze monument to the kissing lovers was opened near Kharkov metro station "Architektora Beketova". The monument was Kharkov, Monument to Loversdesigned by a young sculptor Dmitro Ivanchenko in abstract style, which became a cause of controversial attitude to a new sculpture among the citizens: conservatives called the monument "Kamasutra from Auschwitz", while the supportive part of Kharkov were excited to join the tradition of kissing near the monument.

In 2009, the city authorities decided to modernize a territory around the monument, and built a fountain with a night light, installed benches and lanterns, laid down the alleys. On August 23, 2009, on the Day of the Kharkov city, at the intersection of Pushkinska and Sovnarkomivska streets a new Square of Architects was opened. According to the authorities’ project, the square was designed as a place for seven wonders of the city - the miniatures of the best Kharkov buildings, according to the opinion of local citizens.

As a result, the following buildings were selected as the best attractions of the city:  the House of State Industry, the monument to Taras Monument to Lovers in KharkovShevchenko, the Cathedral of the Assumption, Dzerkalna Struna Complex, Cathedral of the Annunciation, the house with a steeple and Pokrovsky Cathedral. Due to the slow works of masters, who did not manage to finish the construction of monuments by the opening ceremony, only one of seven miniatures - a monument to the writer Taras Shevchenko was Monument to Lovers, Kharkovopened in time. The construction of the city "miracles" was continued by Seifaddin Gurbanov, and owing to his efforts all seven models made of white marble were opened on the next Day of the Kharkov city in 2010.


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