More than 40 Ice sculptures celebrating the nations which will take part in the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia in the summer have been erected in Moscow.
The sculptures, featuring iconic symbols from the participating countries, including ice replicas of their architectural gems, football stars, and literary characters, have been on exhibition in Moscow’s Park Pobedy as part of the Ledovaya Moskva festival.
Up to 2,000 tons of ice from Lake Baikal and lakes near Yekaterinburg and Arkhangelsk were used to make the World Cup statues which will remain on display until 8 January.
Representing Croatia in Russia were ice sculptures of the Pula Arena, which is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved, and the 13th-century Trakošćan Castle, which is located in northern Croatia.
England was represented by an ice sculpture of Sherlock Holmes, France with the Eiffel Tower, Germany with Baron Munchausen and Portugal with an ice sculpture of Cristiano Ronaldo.