Peter the Great on a red granite rock is one of the most visited sculptures in the city.
Homage to the founder.
This is one of the most visited statues in the city. Paying homage to Peter the Great, the founder of the city, it is an iconic symbol of Saint Petersburg. In this sense, it is like the Statue of Liberty in New York. The bronze statue is in Senate Square on the banks of the Neva River. It was made by Étienne- Maurice Falconet and commissioned by Catherine the Great. The statue is named after a poem by Pushkin that is considered one of the greatest literary works of Russia. Interestingly, the statue is mounted on a large granite rock rather than a typical pedestal and the Czar doesn't have a sword, which is a typical feature of this kind of statue.