Saturday, March 19, 2011

Peter Columbus!

We get the Peter Columbus salute every morning.  This statue, standing 94 meters high on the Moscow River, is the 8th tallest statue in the world.  As legend has it - the statue was initially of Christopher Columbus - but when the U.S. Government rejected it, its head was replaced and was sold to the Russian Government as a nautical statue of Peter the Great...hence the nickname “Peter Columbus”.  In November 2008, it was voted the tenth ugliest building in the world...
From our bedroom window...with a zoom lens...thank goodness we can appreciate him from a distance!

Some Muscovites are lobbying to have the structure removed...or blown up....poor guy.