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Monument to the St. Petersburg Policeman

Policemen have never enjoyed a particularly glowing reputation in St. Petersburg, and when this statue was first unveiled in 1998 (to mark the bicentenary of the founding of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the 270th anniversary of the establishment of the City Watch, the forerunner of the modern police, by Peter the Great), it was supposed to stand only for four months.

Monument to the St. Petersburg Policeman on Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa in St Petersburg, Russia
Monument to the St. Petersburg Policeman on Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa

However, this depiction of a handsome 19th century gorodovoy ("city policeman") by famous Petersburg sculptor Albert Charkin proved a hit with locals, and has ever since stood on guard outside the Swedish Consulate on Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.

Metro:Nevsky Prospekt / Gostiny Dvor
Getting there:Exit the metro onto the Griboedov Canal, cross the canal along Nevsky Prospekt and take the first turning on the right onto Malaya Konushennaya Ulitsa. The statue is at the far end of the street.
What's nearby? Nevsky Prospekt, Monument to Nikolay Gogol, Lutheran Church of St. Peter, Griboedov Canal
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