During the reign of Peter the Great (1682-1725), the First Russian emperor was unwavering in his drive to embed Western practices into Russia. This included founding a stock exchange. Construction of the bourse (stock exchange) required more than 100 years after Peter I’s death. Gracing the pediment of the Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange is a sculpture of Neptune riding a chariot driven by seahorses. The god of the seas has a commanding view from Vasilyevsky Island of the Winter Palace across the Neva River. This Neoclassical building was the Central Naval Museum from 1939 until 2011. It is now owned by the Hermitage Museum.