Sunday, March 4, 2012

Postcard from Russia - Monument of Peter the Great, Moscow

Lyudmila from Movomoskovsk, Russia sent this card showing the monument for Peter the Great or Peter I at Moscow.

This was designed by Zurab Tsereteli (Georgian-Russian painter, sculptor, and architect) to commemorate 300 years (1696 - 1996) of the first Russian Navy, which was started by Peter I of Russia. At 94 meters, it is the eighth tallest statue in the world. The symbols of the Russian Navy, the St. Andrew's flag and ensign, and most of its traditions were established personally by Peter I.

Popular legend states that the Statue was initially of Christopher Columbus, but that after being rejected by the U.S. Government, its head was replaced, and it was sold to the Russian government as a nautical statue of Peter the Great. In November 2008, it was voted the tenth ugliest building in the world by Virtual Tourist.

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