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Russian ice sculpture is unveiled
St Basil's Cathedral ice sculpture - credit Press Association
The sculpture took seven days to create
A huge ice sculpture of Russia's St Basil's Cathedral has been unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square to celebrate growing links between the countries.

Award-winning Russian ice sculptors have taken seven days to craft the building out of 12 tons of ice in a giant freezer in Horsmonden, Kent.

An ice replica of Big Ben is also on show in Pushkin Square, Moscow.

The unveiling on Wednesday comes ahead of a Russian Festival to celebrate Russia's Old New Year.

The ice sculptors worked from photographs and sketches of St Basil's Cathedral, built on the edge of Red Square between 1555 and 1561 to commemorate Ivan the Terrible's successful military campaign.

The finished sculpture was cut into 100 chunks before being transported to London by lorry overnight and reassembled in Trafalgar Square.

"It is tremendous - I can't believe how beautiful it is," said project organiser Yulia Wegg-Prosser.

Russian TV crews descended on the Kent village to film the sculpture taking place and London Mayor Ken Livingstone said: "The cultural as well as economic links between London and Moscow are always strengthening."


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