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Monument to Peter the Great

With its tiny head and massive torso, it's hard to believe that this statue offers a true representation of Peter the Great, the founder of the Peter and Paul Fortress (and of St. Petersburg). According to sculptor Mikhail Shemyakin, however, it was based on the death-mask and wax figure of Peter kept in the Hermitage. Either way, this striking statue, placed on a bench in front of the Main Guardhouse building in 1991, is one of the most popular sights in the fortress.

Monument to Peter the Great at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg, Russia
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