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Monument to Alexander III

Irkutsk's monument to Emperor Alexander III was erected in 1908 to commemorate the emperor's decision to build the Trans-Siberian Railway.

The monument depicts a statue of the emperor while its pedestal depicts governor-generals of Eastern Siberia Nikolai Muravyov-Amursky and Mikhail Speransky, and the Cossack Yermak who played a significant role in Russia's conquest of Siberia.

In 1920 the statue was removed and destroyed. It was briefly replaced with a Lenin Statue and then with a statue of the First Pioneers of Siberia. After the fall of the Soviet Union a decision was taken to return Alexander and a new five metre statue was created and installed in 2003 on the 100th anniversary of the Trans-Siberian Railway.