Peter in the uniform of the Preobrazhenskiy regiment is heading the Russian army, winning the Poltava Battle. He is holding the spyglass in his left hand, he is leaning on the cane in his right hand.
The bronze statue was erected in Arkhangelsk in 1914.Today it is included into the list of the Russian monuments protected by the government.
Peter the Great visited Arkhangelsk several times and left a notable mark in the history of the town.
All the dates are carved on the pedestal of the monument, situated in the small park at the embankment, in the centre of the town.
The fourth one – “1911”, which often becomes a difficulty even for the tour guides – this is the year when the competition for the project of the pedestal was held.
This is a wonderful and credible portrait and a symbol of the Russian power in the sea.
The statue was casted in sculptor’s workshop in Paris. The pedestal was made of stone by the monks from Solovki at the Kond-Island, situated in the Onega Bay in the White Sea. The project was created by Sergey Pets, the engineer from Arkhangelsk.
Peter I visited Arkhangelsk first time in the summer of 1693 to found shipyard on the Solombala island and start building the ship “Saint Paul”. That’s when he saw the sea for the first time and it captured him forever.
Peter visited Arkhangelsk again in the summer of 1694, he was present at the launching of the ship built a year ago. It was sent to the Netherlands with the cargo consisting of tar, potash, bread and timber.
Eight years later in 1702, Peter run the building of the Novodvinsk Fortress.
You can get this monument on foot from the centre of the town. Arkhangelsk Drama Theatre named after M.V.Lomonosov can be a landmark.
The monument is situated in the street, that’s why you should wear some warm clothes when its cold.