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Categories / Architecture/Sculpture, Monuments

THUNDER-STONE, the name of the granite monolith, that serves as a pedestal to the equestrian statue of Emperor Peter the Great (see Bronze Horseman). It was discovered in 1768 in the forest near Konnaya Lakhta village by a local, S.G. Vishnyakov, (it was named the Thunder-stone because according to legend thunder split a piece of it). Sculptor E. Falconet intended to work it on the spot, but Empress Catherine II ordered to deliver it to St. Petersburg in its original shape. On 1 April 1769, the land transportation of the thunder-stone (weighing 1.6 thousand tonnes) started. To transport it by sea a special ship, Korchebnikov's vessel, was constructed. On 26 September 1770, the thunder-stone was mounted on Senate Square. To commemorate this event at Empress Catherine II's behest a bronze medal with the legend "Close to Daring” was issued.

Reference: Иванов Г. И. Камень-Гром. СПб., 1994.

I. A. Bogdanov.

Catherine II, Empress
Falconet Etienne Maurice
Korchebnikov Grigory
Peter I, Emperor
Vishnyakov S.G.

Иванов Г. И. Камень-Гром. СПб., 1994

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Bronze Horseman


Bronze Horseman

BRONZE HORSEMAN, the popular name of the monument to Emperor Peter the Great on Dekabristov Square. Originated from Alexander Pushkin's poem of the same name (1833); one of the best known Russian monuments and world monumental sculptures