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The monument to Peter the Great

The monument to Peter the Great

Сountry: Russia

Locality: Moscow

Nearest metro station: Kropotkinskaya

Established: 1997

Sculptor: Zurab Tsereteli



The monument to Peter the GreatThe grandiose monument to Russian emperor Peter the Great is almost 100 meter in height. It is made from different materials. It's looks formidably however it is one of the ugliest monuments in the world.

The monument was erected on the artificial island at the confluence of the Moscow River and the Obvodnoy Channel. The pedestal was made like waves. There is a ship on the top of the wave. Also the pedestal looks like a rostral column. There are the fountains in the bottom part of the monument.

There is a ship on the pedestal. On an upper deck of the ship stands a big sculpture of Peter the Great. In his right hand he is holding a gold scroll. The monument is one of the highest monuments in the world. The flags on the ship and rostrums are weathercocks.

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Creation history

The monument was established in 1997 to commemorate 300 years of the Russian Navy. From the beginning was planned to create another monument project by Lev Kerbel but the government of Moscow decided took the project of Zurab Tseretel. The monument of Lev Kerbel was moved to a park in Izmailovo district.

How to find

Go to metro station Kropotkinskaya and exit to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Here you will find a monument to Alexander II. Pass the Cathedral and go to the embankment of Moscow river. Cross the river and on the Bersenevskaya embankment turn right and go to the confluence of the Moscow River and the Obvodnoy Channel. Here you will see the monument to Russian emperor Peter the Great, father of Russian Navy.