Georgia’s Ali and Nino monument among World’s 10 Most Romantic Statues
18 February, 2016
Georgia’s Ali and Nino monument among World’s 10 Most Romantic Statues
Georgia’s famous monument of Ali and Nino was named among the most romantic monuments in the world. The website geomigrant.com has published the list of 10 monuments. Along with statue of Romeo and Juliet, the Wall of Love and others, Tamar Kvesitadze’s Ali and Nino that was erected in Batumi several years ago, has also been included.

Ali and Nino – Batumi, Georgia
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Tamar Kvesitadze’s statue was erected in Georgian coastal city of Batumi in 2011. Its height is 8
meters. The monument represents figures of a man and a woman moving in circles for about 8-10 minutes and eventually passing through each other, forming one whole body for several second. The monument was inspired by a novel called Ali and Nino, written by Azerbaijani author, Kurban Said. It tells the story of an Azeri youth who falls in love with a Georgian woman but dies defending his country from invading Russian army. The statue traveled to Venice and London before finding its permanent place in Batumi.

The Meeting Place – St. Pancras Railway Station, London, UK
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St. Pancras Railway Station was built between 1864 and 1868. In 1960s the British government decided to demolish it, however, this decision was changed soon and serious reconstruction was carried out.

Today, St. Pancras’ Victorian architecture attracts thousands of tourists and there is another reason why anyone should visit the place: a nine-meter-high statue of a man and a woman reuniting and embracing each other. The statue is called the Meeting Place and it was erected in 2007. In spite of not being very old, it has already managed to become hugely popular among visitors and locals.

Wall of Love (aka I Love You Wall) – Paris, France
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Paris is widely considered the romantic capital of the world and there are many sculptures there that are connected to the cult of love. One of those famous places is The Wall of Love, where the phrase I Love You is written in 300 different languages. Anyone who visits this place can’t help but feel the special atmosphere. Every February 14, hundreds of white doves are set free from this spot.

Romeo and Juliet – New York City, USA
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A love story made up by William Shakespeare is very famous around the world and it has many times become an inspiration for various sculptors. That is exactly what happened in New York City, where the bronze statue of two of the world’s most famous lovers, created by Milton Hibald was erected in 1977. The statue stands in the famous Central Park, at the entrance of Delacorte Theater.

Juliet’s House – Verona, Italy
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In the city of Verona, in Italy, the most popular touristic spot is inarguably the house of Juliette (Casa di Giulietta) at 23 Via Capello. The 13th century building that was the property of Del Capello family, was bought out by Verona Municipality in 1905. The fact that the two family names, Del Capello and Capuletti (Giulietta’s family name in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet) somehow look like each other, the urban legend emerged, according to which, the house’s former owners were the Capulettis and that Juliet was a real life person who was often sitting on the balcony, listening to Romeo’s romantic poems, although, the balcony, in fact, was added to the building much later, in 20th century. There is a bronze statue of Juliet in front of the house and according to another urban legend, touching her right breast will bring love and happiness. It looks like this belief is shared by many people as Juliet’s House is among Italy’s most popular touristic spots.

Kissing Students – Tartu, Estonia
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Love is like an ocean and romance painted by rain is maybe the most beautiful art of all. This is what the statue in Estonian city of Tartu depicts. Two lovers standing under an umbrella is one of Estonia’s most popular getaway places.

Bench of Reconciliation – Moscow, Russia
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In Russia, there are many places linked to romantic theme and one of them in the Bench of Reconciliation. It is situated in front of the city court building and is very popular among Russian youths.

The architectural work of Alexander Kolesnikov carries a rather interesting idea. The bench is of semi-circular form, with the lowest place at the center, so that two people that sit there end up sitting close to each other. The same kind of benches can be found in other cities of Russia.

The monument of Carl and Emily – Saint Petersburg, Russia
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The residents of Saint Petersburg take special care of Carl and Emily statue. Because they think it carries the idea of true love. The monument is based on a tragic real-life story. Carl and Emily fell in love with each other but their families did not approve of their marriage. The couple could not go against their families’ will so they decided to commit suicide, holding each other’s hands until the last breath. They are often called Romeo and Juliet of Saint Petersburg.

The Sphere of Love – Chelyabinsk, Russia
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A beautiful monument created by Viktor Mitroshin was inaugurated in the city of Chelyabinsk, on September 13, 2000. Its height is 12 meters. And the figures of a man and a woman strive towards each other. This monument symbolizes the beginning of a new life and it has three staircases. A man climbs the first one and a woman from the second one. Finally, they descend by the third staircase, beginning their new life together.

Lover Skeletons – Thailand
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Thais think that love is eternal. They say, when you die, your soul lives on and you continue to love the one you loved during your lifetime. This statue is located near one of the cemeteries.

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