Monday, May 13, 2013

'Peter the Great'

London The Unfinished City
A gift from the Russian People.
Monday May 13, 2013.

It was during one of my Greenwich walks that I stumbled across this rather odd, and creepy looking, statue of Peter the Great. 

I had started at the Thames Barrier before heading westward, to see HMS Ocean, which was moored at the Old Royal Naval College. After taking a few photos I continued on my journey towards Tower Bridge, happy that I had got the photos I had hoped for. 

But, as I turned the corner, on to Glaisher Street, I noticed this rather peculiar, odd and creepy statue. So, once again, I took some photos.

Brief History

Peter the Great visited London in 1698, where he studied shipbuilding at the Royal Shipyard and studied at the Royal Naval College.

In 1998, to celebrate the tercentenary of his visit, these odd-shaped statues were installed, close to where the Royal Shipyard was located. 

Peter the Great, flanked by a dwarf and a throne, stands atop a granite platform with two plinths, mounted with bronze cannon.

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