We stopped off briefly in St Isaacs square to view the cathedral and also the statue of Nicholas I whilst on a two day visit to St Petersburg. We were on an organised coach trip and this this statue was pointed out to us whilst our excellent guide was giving us a potted history of the city.
The statue shows the Tsar mounted on his horse rearing on its hind legs whilst below him are female figures we were told, representing his daughters. This is quite different to the ‘Bronze Horseman’ statue of Peter the Great in the same city, arguably with not as a dramatic pose perhaps. With its red granite plinth inset with bronze reliefs, the monument seems to reflect on the subjects life and times rather than showing them in an heroic pose.
However, our guide explained that the statue of the rearing horse required much strengthening of the rear legs to support the weight of the horse and rider and indeed the monument is finely balanced to help achieve this.
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