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Monuments and Sculptures
The Monument to Peter the Great ("Bronze Horseman")
The Monument to Peter the Great ("Bronze Horseman")

On the Decembrists square stands the monument of Peter the Great. The more popular title of the monument is the Bronze Horseman, but in Russian it sounded the Copper Horseman. But there is no gram of copper in the statue. The statue is made of bronze and the Copper Horseman got its title in honour of the poem of the same name, written by the Russian poet A.Pushkin.


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The Monument to Nicolas I
The Monument to Nicolas I

On Isaac?s Square in front of St. Isaac?s Cathedral stands the equestrian statue of the Emperor Nicolay I. The statue was projected by A. de Montferrand and the horse was created with the project of P.Clodt. The equestrian statue stands on the pedestal, designed by different Russian architects and sculptures.


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The monument to Peter I (Mikhailovksky Palace)
The monument to Peter I (Mikhailovksky Palace)

On the Constable Square at the Mikhailovsky Palace stands the equestrian statue of Peter I. This monument was projected by different sculptors. The first project of the monument was made by B.Rastrelli by the order of Peter the Great. But after Peter?s death the monument was forgotten.


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The Monument to Alexander Suvorov
The Monument to Alexander Suvorov

The monument to Alexander Suvorov was erected in 1801. Suvorov was a great Russian commander, who distinguished himself in actions during the Italian march in 1798. He was not only a chief-commander in that march, but also a genius strategist. Suvorov defeated the forces of Napoleon I in the Italian march. By the order of the Emperor Pavel I Suvorov got the title of the prince of Italic and in his honour the monument was created.


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The Monument to Alexander III
The Monument to Alexander III

At first the monument of Alexander III was placed on the Znamenskaya square (nowadays the square of the Uprising) in 1909. The equestrian statue was projected by P.Trubetzkoy and was made of bronze. When the monument was placed, it aroused indignation and sharp criticism. A lot of people thought that the statue was a caricature of the Emperor.


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The Monument to Catherina the Great
The Monument to Catherina the Great

At first the idea of creation of the monument, devoted to the Empress Catherine II, occurred at Catherine?s times. But the Empress was against this idea. That?s why only in 1873 the monument of Catherine II was placed in the square, located on the Square of Ostrovsky in front of Alexandrine Theatre. The project of the monument was worked out by M.Mikeshin.


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The Monument to the poet Alexander Pushkin
The Monument to the poet Alexander Pushkin

The monument of the Great Russian poet and writer Alexander Pushkin was placed on the Square of Arts in 1957. The author of the project was M.Anikushin who designed the other monument of the poet, located at the subway station ?Pushkinskaya? in Petersburg. In 1949 Anikushin in close cooperation with the architect V.Petrov created the project of the new monument of Pushkin.


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The monument of Peter I in Peter and Paul?s fortress
The monument of Peter I in Peter and Paul?s fortress

In 1991 the Russian sculptor M.Shemyakin gave the monument of Peter I to Petersburg. The monument was placed in Peter and Paul?s fortress and touched off instantly. Shemyakin used the lifetime mask of Peter the Great, made by the sculptor C.Rastrelli in 1719, and created the monument on the base of the ?Wax figure? of Peter I, also made by Rastrelli.


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