Peter the Great statue in St. Petersburg

Peter the Great statue in St. Petersburg

This pin with the inscription ЛЕИНИГРАД МЕДНЫИ ВСАДНИК represents The Bronze Horseman, an equestrian statue of Peter the Great. Obtained in Leningrade (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. It was commissioned by Catherine the Great, and created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet. The name comes from an 1833 poem of the same the name by Aleksander Pushkin, which is widely considered one of the most significant works of Russian literature. The statue is now one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg, in much the same way that the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of New York City (both were designed and built by French artists).

The statue’s pedestal is the enormous Thunder Stone, claimed to be the largest stone ever moved by man. The stone originally weighed about 1500 tonnes, and was carved down to 1250 during transportation to its current site.

Location: 18-B3

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