Shemyakin's Monument to Peter the Great in Peter and Paul Fortress
This monument to Peter the Great in the Peter and Paul Fortress is one of the recent additions to the already impressive roster of monuments to the famous monarch. It is also probably the most controversial and odd monument to Peter I in general. The author is a Russian-American sculptor Mikhail Shemyakin.
The bronze monument was unveiled in front of the Peter and Paul Fortress’s former guardhouse in 1991, right before the city's got its historic name back - St. Petersburg.
This monument has become one of the most popular attractions of the fortress. Tourists love to be photographed on the lap of Peter I. Most people feel comfortable sitting there – such are the proportions of the sculpture.
But the controversy has not ceased. Some people call it Peter the Spiderman because of the unnaturally long fingers suggestive of horror movies.