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The only monument to mother-in-law in Russia

Monument to mother-in-law or dinosaur in Tula
Monument to mother-in-law or dinosaur in Tula

For most readers who are not familiar with Tula life, the mother-in-law immediately appears in the form of a strict woman, but this is not so, under the name “monument to the mother-in-law” there is a sculpture of a dinosaur – a tyrannosaur on a scale of 1:43 from the real size of a lizard. The sculpture was made due to the urgency of the order using fast technology.

The dinosaur is made of concrete, but sheathed with a copper layer of 0.8 mm. It should be noted that this structure turned out to be reliable and strong, since every year the monument is climbed several times to decorate it, and it can withstand such loads. The sculptor of the project was Yu.A. Uvarkin, who named the monument Tina, therefore it is considered to be a female monument.

Monument to mother-in-law or Tula dinosaur
Monument to mother-in-law or Tula dinosaur

The monument to mother-in-law was erected near the old building of the Tula Zoo Exotarium in the Zarechensky district of the city at the intersection of Liteynaya and Oktyabrskaya streets.

The sculpture was installed in 1989 by order of the then director of the “Tula Zoo Exotarium” Sergei Ryabov and was originally called “Dinosaur”. The first name of the monument is actually understandable, but it did not last long, and it is no longer possible to determine exactly with whose light hand the monument received a new name “monument to mother-in-law”.

Monument to the mother-in-law, dressed up for the day of knowledge
Monument to the mother-in-law, dressed up for the day of knowledge

However, this name stuck and became a common noun for all Tula, every resident of the city knows what it is about when he hears the phrase “monument to mother-in-law” or “mother-in-law”. I must say that in recent decades, good traditions have appeared in Tula to decorate the monument. Either on March 8 they will put on a skirt, beads, bracelets and make up their lips on the “mother-in-law”, then on the day of knowledge they will dress up in a school uniform, and on New Year’s Eve – a Snow Maiden. How many outfits the monument has measured can not be counted.

There is a belief that the groom should come to the monument and certainly bring flowers. Then your mother-in-law will be kind and accommodating.

According to the author’s idea, it was planned to add cubs, small dinosaurs. But this idea was never implemented.

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