Moscow: Monument to Peter the Great-Moskva River

Not far from the Kremlin, towering high above the Moscow River is a monument to Peter the Great. Not a subtle or otherwise non-invasive monument to the Russian leader, but rather more of an oversized monstrosity that looks like a tangled piece of a shipwreck. Although you may first wonder why there is a monument to Peter the Great, the namesake of St. Petersburg, in Moscow in the first place, inevitably you will return to trying to understand how such a large (94 meters high) statue so offensive to the landscape was even put up in the first place. Erected in 1997, the statue was designed by Zurab Tsereteli, a Georgian artist. Although the statue has always drawn mixed reactions, including an attempt by a radical group to blow it up, it is something that has to be seen in person to truly appreciate its controversial impact.