Posted by: danielfee | January 28, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 01-28-2012

Decembrist Square – St. Petersburg, Russia

Along the southern bank of the Neva River is the Decembrist Square, the site of Russia’s first revolution. It was at this location on December 14,1825, the inauguration day of czar Nicholas I, that troops fired upon 3,000 mutinous soldiers and spectators during their abortive attempt to force the new czar to accept a constitutional monarchy. The square is dominated by the equestrian statue of Peter the Great, which is more commonly known as “The Bronze Horseman”. The statue gets its name from Pushlikn’s epic poem of the same name. The statue was commissioned by Catherine the Great in 1768 and it took the French sculptor Etienne Falconet 12 years to complete. The inscription, in Latin and Russian, reads “To Peter I from Catherine II”.

The Bronze Horseman
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  1. Russia, I miss u!

    Great shots!

    el


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