Monument to Peter the Great (Peter and Paul Fortress)
At first sight the monument to Peter the Great can be surprising. Sitting on a throne, his body seems disproportioned and his bare-head in comparison just looks too small. Its author, Mikhail Chemiakin, simply used the same proportions that can be found on the traditional Russian icons. Moreover, the statue closely respects the feature of the Emperor. Indeed the artist used a mask made by Bartolomeo Rastrelli when the Tsar was alive.
The monument to Peter the Great has been widely accepted by the visitors. They usually enjoy sitting on his laps for a picture. Some even believe that the statue has some “Supernatural” powers. It has become a tradition to rub the fingers of the Emperor in hope of becoming rich.