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Monument to Peter I

The formal name of the monument is “Monument in Commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of the Russian Fleet”. Designed by Russian Sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, it was ordered by former mayor of the capital, Yuri Luzhkov, and was erected in 1997. It depicts Peter the Great standing on the bow of a ship. The 98 meters high monument made of bronze, stainless steel and copper is set on an artificial island, near the confluence of Moscow River and Obvodny Channel. This monument dedicated to Peter the Great is a source of fierce debate. For example many do not understand why a monument was erected in honor of the leader who turned away from Moscow in favor of Saint Petersburg. There are very often debates on whether to move the monument or simply demolish it.
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