The Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok has unveiled the restored Triumphal Arch, which was built 112 years ago to honor the visit of Cesarevitch Nicholas, the heir to the Russian throne.
According to a source in the city administration, the restoration effort took almost three years. The second unveiling of the architectural, historical and cultural monument coincided with the 135th anniversary of the birth and the 85th anniversary of the tragic death of the last Russian czar.
Speaking at the ceremony, Bishop of Vladivostok and Primorye Veniamin said he hoped the Triumphal Arch became the symbol of revival of Siberia and the Far East. He proceeded to conduct a public prayer and consecrate the Arch.
Later on, the first couple of newlyweds passed under the Arch in what is expected to become a traditional ceremony for newly married couples from Vladivostok.
Similar arches had in fact been built in many cities of Siberia Nicholas had passed on his way to St. Petersburg, but so far only Vladivostok has ventured to restore its own.