Monument to the “Tsar Carpenter”
Voltaire in “History of the Russian Empire under Peter the Great” recounted that the emperor studied incognito naval construction in Zaanstad (Holland) in 1697.
In 1910, a monument depicting Peter I busily making a ship was erected in Saint Petersburg. Just like many other monuments dedicated to the Emperor, it was melted after the Revolution.
A reproduction of the “Tsar Carpenter” was also erected in Zaanstad in 1911. The Dutch city offered a copy to Saint Petersburg. It is this copy that we can see on the Admiratieyskaya Embankment since 1996.