Monument to Peter the Great
Place: Peter and Paul Fortress
Construction time: 1980-1991
Notable features: The monument makes a very repulsive impression. However, the sculptor was guided by authentic image of Peter the Great (a wax figure of emperor, made immediately after the death of the emperor). The sculpture Chemiakin recreated a gigantic growth of Peter (2 m and 4 cm), the facial features of the sovereign and his clothes. However, Chemiakin reduced the head of the emperor, left him bald (although it is known that the emperor was not bald), and increased the length of the fingers. Considered that Chemiakin wanted to emphasize a contradictory nature of Peter this way. On the one hand, he was a great ruler, on the other – the great executioner who put a few thousands of lives in the foundation of St. Petersburg.
Legend: Many visitors sit on the knees of Peter the Great. Some people believe that there are only unmarried girls who can do this, because the monument helps them to find the groom.