On September 4, 2012, a restored triumphal arch was solemnly opened. The updated architectural object came to inspect Sergey Sobyatin, mayor of the capital, and Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
Since 1968 – the moment of reconstruction of the triumphal arch on Kutuzovsky Prospekt, this is the first restoration that began in December 2011. The work was started in the framework of preparing the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Victory of Russia in the Patriotic War of 1812. According to the city hall, about 231 million rubles were spent on restoration work.
In the process of restoration of the triumphal arch, significant changes were made, the information about which the organizers decided to place in an ad in one of the newspapers: most of the white -stone cladding was replaced, which for a long time became unusable. So, sculptural elements were cleared of multi -layer colors. And then covered with new modern material, which should protect them from the harmful effects of natural conditions and human activities. The work was carried out for a long time, for example, on the restoration of the sculpture of the goddess Nika, the master spent 76 days. For all the time of restoration work, 50 specialists representing leading Russian workshops were involved, including from the Hermitage and the Russian Museum.
It is worth noting that in addition to restoration work on the triumphal arch, a major overhaul of the territory was also carried out, which adjacent to the architectural object. In addition, the largest flower garden in all of Russia was created, its area reached 5.7 thousand square meters. Interestingly, the floral design turned out to be thematic. It is dedicated to the kind of troops of the Russian army, which in 1812 participated in the war. Additionally, an underground pedestrian crossing was repaired, through which visitors can get to the arch.