Monuments to prominent people
The streets of St. Petersburg are decorated with several dozen statues of the most prominent people who have played their part in the development of the city and left their mark on its history and that of all mankind. Among them are great scientists, poets, writers, architects, statesmen, diplomats, soldiers, revolutionaries and explorers. Not all of them are Russian - St. Petersburg has always been a cosmopolitan city, and Germans, Italians, Frenchmen, Swedes and Britons, among others, have found fame in the city. These statues range from monumental sculpture celebrating Russia's Imperial and Soviet leaders to more modest monuments marking prominent Petersburgers' personal connections with the city.