About Peter I monument and Senate Square: Peter I monument and Senate Square

One of the most recognizable symbols of St. Petersburg is the equestrian statue of Peter I on the Senate Square. It was set up there in 1768. After Pushkin wrote his poem ‘The Bronze Horseman’ this name stuck to the monument of Peter the Great.

The construction of Petersburg, as well as the Northern War as a whole, cost a lot of resources to the Russian state, but these events predetermined the development of Russia for centuries ahead, so several decades later Catherine II had a monument to Peter I erected in the center of the Senate Square.

By the advice of Voltaire and Diderot the empress invited to St. Petersburg the sculptor Etienne Falconet, and commissioned him with the task to design the monument to Peter I.

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