Saint Petersburg. The Copper Horseman.
Copper horseman is a monument to Peter I on a Senatskaya Square in St.-Petersburg. The monument has received the name thanks to well-known to A.S.Pushkin's poem "The Copper Horseman" though actually it is made of bronze. Peter's equestrian statue is executed by sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet in 1768-1770. Peter's head was moulded by schoolgirl Falkonet, Marie-Anne Collot. The snake, on a plan of Falkonet has moulded by F. Gordeyev. Casting of a statue under the direction of master Emelyan Khailov has been finished in 1778. The monument has been solemnly opened on August, 7th, 1782. On a twist of fate on its opening of Falkonet and was not presented.
The Bronze Horseman (Russian literally "The Copper Horseman") is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great by Étienne Maurice Falconet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is also the name of a narrative poem written by Aleksandr Pushkin about the statue in 1833, widely considered to be one of the most significant works of Russian literature. The statue came to be known as the Bronze Horseman because of the great influence of the poem. The statue is now one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg. In his correspondence with Catherine the Great, Denis Diderot suggested French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet, a friend of his. The empress followed his advice, and Falconet arrived in Russia in 1766.
The statue itself is about 6 m (20 feet) tall, while the pedestal is another 7 m (25 feet) tall, for a total of approximately 13 m (45 feet).
Вид с Адмиралтейской набережной зимой напротив Медного Всадника
Вид с Адмиралтейской набережной на Неву и Васильевский остров
May holidays 2010 in St. Petersburg with friends
Just in case you mistakenly heard that it was all ice and snow in Russia, take a peek at the Big Bikini Exposition. This is right on the river Moskva in Moscow!
Moscow has been the capital of Russia for almost its entire history. The exception is during the period of the Russian Empire, which lasted from 1721 until the Russian Revolution 1917. For these two centuries the capital was St. Petersburg. The Russian Empire was the second largest contiguous Empire in world memory; only the Mongol Empire had been greater.
Check out what's happening north of Mongolia these days, in Chita
Although you may not have heard of Sochi, on the Black Sea, they're building up quickly and hope to host the 2014 Olympics.
Other periods of Russian history include the Tsardom of Russia, from Ivan IV to Peter the Great, and the Grand Duchy (14th-16th centuries).
The earliest period of Russian history was ruled by the Novgorod Republic and Kievan Rus, which was the first Russian state dating back to 800AD in Kiev.
Modern Russia remains one of the world's superpowers. They launched the earth's second satellite, called Sputnik 1, and were the first country to put a human being into orbit around earth. (The first one is called the Moon.)
After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia became a federal republic of 83 states.
Text by Steve Smith.