Tretyakovskaya Galereya Na Krymskom Valu
Soviet statue graveyard
Before I had ever been to Moscow, the Soviet statue graveyard was on my destination-list. When I finally got to see the place, it merited its five-year spot on my wanderlust list. Seeing so many Stalin and Lenin statues gathered in one space and the monument with all its statue-heads stacked up behind a wire frame is rather cool. There are other Soviet sculptures nearby as well in part of the neighboring museum’s sculpture garden. When you’re here, walk to the river and look for the giant statue of Peter the Great standing on a boat. As the story goes, it was originally supposed to be Christopher Colombus on the boat, and the sculpture was going to be a gift to the United States. However, the U.S. refused the gift, so the Russians changed the head of Christopher to one that looked like Peter the Great, hence the color difference between Peter’s body and his head.
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