Saint-Petersburg, the Bronze Horseman
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Учитель: М. А. Забашта
I live in Saint-Petersburg and I am proud of my native city. There are a lot of fascinating monuments in my city, and “ The Bronze Horseman”, which is located on Senatskaya Square, is my favourite.
The monument was built by the order of the Empress Catherina the Great. You can see an inscription on the monument in both languages, Latin and Russian: Petro Primo Catharina Secunda-To Peter the First from Catherina The Second.
The statue of Peter the Great was created by the French sculptor E. M. Falconet (1768-1770). The tsar’s face was modelled by M.-A. Collot. The pedestal is made of a single piece of red granite shaped like a cliff. From the top of the cliff Peter I leads Russia forward. His horse steps on a snake which stands for the enemies of Peter the Great and his reforms.
A 19th century legend states that while the Bronze Horseman stands in the middle of Saint-Petersburg, enemies will not be able to conquer the city. The monument survived the 900-day Siege of Leningrad as it was covered with sand bags and a wooden shelter. True to the legend , Leningrad had never been taken.
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