Monuments and Memorials

Like any historic capital city, St. Petersburg has a wealth of statuary lining its streets, squares and parks. More than most, perhaps, as not only have the rulers of Russia since the founding of the city had a particular interest in establishing their identity through architecture and public art - the Romanovs as a rulers of an empire claiming parity with the great powers of Europe, the Bolsheviks as pioneers of a new world order - but also because the citizens of St. Petersburg have traditionally had a particularly intense reverence for their great men and women, whether they be poets, scientists or military leaders.