BRONZE HORSEMAN - Monument to Peter the Great
The Bronze Horseman is an impressive monument to the founder of St Petersburg, Peter the Great, on Ploschad Dekabristov (Decembrists Square), facing the Neva River and surrounded by the Admiralty, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the buildings of the former Senate and Synod - the civil and religious governing bodies of pre-revolutionary Russia. The monument was a tribute by Catherine the Great to her famous predecessor on the Russian throne. The equestrian statue of Peter the Great, created by the famous French sculptor Etienne Maurice Falconet, depicts the most prominent reformer of Russia as a Roman hero. The pedestal is made of a single piece of red granite in a shape of a cliff. From the top of this "cliff" Peter shows the way for Russia, while his horse steps on a snake, which represents the enemies of Peter and his reforms. Ironically, the "evil" snake serves as a third point of support for the statue.
For more information on the Bronze Horseman statue in Saint Petersburg, Russia, please go to http://www.saint-petersburg.com/monuments/bronze-horseman.asp
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