Monument to Peter the Great, the founder of St.Petersburg
Commissioned by Catherine the Great, the monument was created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet in 1782. The second name (the Bronze Horseman) comes from the same name poem written by Aleksander Pushkin (1833). The monument symbolizes the Russian victory over Sweden in the Northern War (1700-1721): the snake symbolizes a defeated enemy, the horse symbolizes Russia. The pedestal of this monument is a huge so-called "thunder-stone", which was delivered to Senate Square from a borough Lakhta.
There is a legend that one can find the name of Étienne Falconet on a fold of Peter the Great's cloak.
You can see the ballet “Bronze Horseman” in Mariinsky theater.
Show me your monument to Peter I, and I’ll tell you who you are
• the most effective way to get to the autumn Fountain Festival in the Peterhof
• just 40 minutes in transit
• the fastest way to go to the park from the Lower Park site, where you are not expecting those huge lines waiting for those who come in from the Upper Park
Unforgettable festival fireworks on the Victory Day from the board of a comfortable double-deck motor ship. Departure from the Palace pier and at the Senate Marina.
- Address: Saint Petersburg, Senatskaya ploshchad