Résultats Monuments Saint-Petersburg (Санкт-Петербург)

Petit Futé's opinion on STATUE OF STONE-THE-GREAT - BRONZE HORSEMAN

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Place des Décembristes, facing the Neva River, the Bronze Knight, the oversized homage of Catherine II to Peter the Great, is historically the first monument erected in Saint Petersburg. The orthodoxy forbidding the sculptures, Great Catherine, on Diderot's recommendation, called upon the Frenchman Falconet. With one hand, the tsar holds the reins of his rearing horse and, with the other, points to the Pierre-et-Paul fortress, the very first building in the city. The hero of Pushkin's last poem, Eugene, is an obscure employee whose fiancée has just been swept away by a flood of the Neva. Desperate, il passe in front of the statue and attacks the tsar, whom he holds responsible for his misfortunes. Le souverain outraged then descends from its granite pedestal and throws his mount into the streets of the city. Eugene, panic-stricken and chased by the Bronze Horseman, sinks into madness.

The founding czar of the city crushes with his hooves any attempt at rebellion, even that of a desperate young man. Pushkin was the first to scratch the cult devoted to Peter the Great and his reforms, certainly modernist but which propelled Russia into a world that was not his own. The image of the flood is reminiscent of the ambiguity of the myth of St. Petersburg. Splendid by its architecture, the city is always at the mercy of a flood of the Neva. Its very origin seems almost unreal, since it was built on a huge swamp deemed uninhabitable and at the cost of thousands of deaths.

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3.8/5
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faitmaison2
4/5
Visited in july 2019
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tres belle statue
Cette statue réalisée sur ordre de Catherine la grande permet de mieux comprendre l'histoire impériale de la Russie et l'ambition du fondateur de Saint Petersbourg et celle de sa digne successeur. Le serpent écrasé sous les sabots renvoie aux opposants du grand tsar.
loicbrudu
4/5
Visited in december 2016
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Magnifique statue qui se trouve devant la neva. À photographier sous tous les angles. Un point à voir avant de reprendre les visites alentours
Fillepoussin
4/5
Visited in september 2016
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Belle statue imposante,réalisée par un français, qui fait face à la Neva. A voir, facilement accessible.
Bobdol
4/5
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Alexandre Pouchkine lui a dédié un poème : le Cavalier de Bronze, ou il décrit l'aventure d'un jeune russe bourgeois qui finit par tout perdre y compris sa dulcinée, cette statue se transforme en énorme monstre qui le poursuit partout dans Saint Saint-Pétersbourg, alors inondé par la Néva.
Une magnifique statue, dédié au fondateur de la ville Pierre le Grand, situé pas très loin d'un super parc.
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bahianaise
3/5
Mérite le détour ( surtout que c'est dans la zone à visiter). A comparer avec la statue équestre de Louis XIV, moins de pompe, plus de mouvement.

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