Monument to the Greek Legion of the Emperor Nickolas I

Monument to the Greek Legion of the Emperor Nickolas I was opened in Sevastopol on the historic boulevard on July 10, 2016 as part of the cross-cultural year between Russia and Greece. The monument was installed in memory of a legion of 1200 Greek volunteers who fought in the Crimean War as part of the Russian army and took part in the defense of Sevastopol.

The monument was created by A. Korobtsov and K. Fomin on the basis of a project developed in 1864 by an architect N. Morgan, shortly after the end of the Crimean War. Then the Colonel Aristide Chrisoveri, the initiator of the creation of the Legion and his commander, petitioned to Alexander II about the construction of a monument to the Greeks who fell in the Crimean War. The project was approved by the Emperor, but it was never implemented. In the Russian Historical Archives, drawings with the design of the monument have been preserved, which served as the material for the realization of the plan after more than 150 years. The monument is a six-meter granite stele with bronze plaques. On the front side, the names of the fallen Greek soldiers are written in three languages: Russian, English and Greek. On the two relief boards, there are images of the legionaries themselves and there is presented the moment of them taking the oath, made on the basis of the XIX century engravings.