The city’s love of Pushkin, the father of modern Russian literature, comes as no surprise.
Russian poet par excellence.
In Arts Square, opposite the Russian Museum, you'll find this statue to the Russian poet par excellence and father of modern Russian literature, Alexander Pushkin. The nearest metro stop to visit this sculpture is Nevsky Prospekt. Created by the sculptor Mikhail Anikushin and the architect Vasily Petrov, Pushkin appears on a granite base holding out his right arm. This bronze monument was commissioned in 1957 for the 250th anniversary of Saint Petersburg and it took 8 years to finish. As a playwright, poet and novelist, Pushkin influenced other literary greats such as Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. A masterful blend of romance, drama and satire, his most famous works include Boris Godunov, the Captain's Daughter and Secret Journal.