Monument to Mikhail Lomonosov

Unveiled in 1986 to mark the 275th anniversary of the great polymath and father of Russian science Mikhail Lomonosov, this three-meter bronze statue stands on Mendeleevskaya Liniya between the Twelve Colleges (the main building of St. Petersburg State University) and the Academy of Sciences. Lomonosov was a member of the Academy for over 20 years and, from 1758 until his death, rector of the Academic University, forerunner of the modern university.

Monument to Mikhail Lomonosov (polymath) on Vasilevskiy Island next to the Twelve Colleges (St. Petersburg State University) in St Petersburg, Russia
Monument to Mikhail Lomonosov (polymath) on Vasilevskiy Island

The statue of Lomonosov, seated with an open manuscript on his knees, was designed by Valentin Sveshnikov and Boris Petrov. The sculpture is mounted on a pedestal of highly polished (and, for those posing for photographs, very slippery) red marble designed by architects Igor Shakhov and Eduard Tyakht. Surrounded by institutions that Lomonosov was instrumental in developing, it is considered among the best public monuments in St. Petersburg from the last 50 years.

Getting there:On exiting the metro, turn left and then right. Turn left onto Nevsky Prospekt. You can then either take a bus (7, 24) or trolleybus (1, 10, 11) from the stop across the street and travel three stops to alight just past the statue on Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, or walk to the end of Nevsky Prospekt, follow the street round onto Palace Square, cross the river, turn left along the embankment, and walk another 200m to the monument.
What's nearby? Twelve Colleges (St. Petersburg State University) Kunstkammer, Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya (University Embankment), River Neva