The Monument to Orange, is a bronze monument, situated in the Shvanetsky Boulevard. The monument is devoted to one of the historical events, to 3000 fresh oranges, which have been donated the Russian emperor Paul I and have been brought from an Odessa’s maritime terminal to St. Petersburg in February 1800.
The opening of the Orange Monument took place on September 4th, 2004 and was timed to coincide with the City’s Birthday. The sculpture composition is an orange, with the orange-peel from one side pealed and some slices taken out. The sculpture of the emperor Paul I is placed in the appeared hovel. The orange lies in a cart, dragged by three horses. There are figures of the main city’s sightseeing places on the orange: colonnade of the Vorontsovsky Palace, the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral and the Opera Theatre.
The history of Orange monument. After the emperor Paul I had come to the throne in 1795, it was stopped financing the maritime terminal in Odessa, which were being built at that time. During five years after this event the city sank into degradation, because it was decided to bring 3000 oranges as a gift to the emperor in St. Petersburg and to ask him for borrowing money to finish building the maritime port. Being satisfied with the gift, Paul I granted the wish of Odessans. As soon as the czarist treasury could afford to finance the port, it started rapidly being built and the city was saved from unavoidable death.