Monument to Peter I at Peter and Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg, Russia - Encircle Photos

28 Monument to Peter I at Peter and Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Peter the Great, who ruled from 1682 until 1725, is acclaimed to be Russia’s most accomplished leader. He also had a commanding physical presence at six and a half feet tall. Yet his hands, feet and head appeared too small for such a large man. When the emperor died in 1725, a death mask was created by sculptor Carlo Bartolomeo Rastrelli. He also created molds of Peter I’s extremities. These were used in the late 1980s by Russian sculptor Mihail Chemiakin to create the Monument to Peter I. It was unveiled at Peter and Paul Fortress in 1991. Although the bronze sculpture is nearly life size, critics argued the emperor’s head is inaccurately small.

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Peter & Paul Fortress, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 197046

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