Some facts about Monument to Peter the Great in Moscow:
1️⃣ The monument is almost 100 meters high and is world’s 8th tallest statue.
2️⃣ The autor of the statue is Zurab Tsereteli, a Russian-Georgian sculptor.
3️⃣ Opinions about this monument are extremely controversial: some people are inspired by it, others criticize the project itself, and some people are wondering why it is in Moscow. The thing is, Peter the Great is known for changing the capital from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
4️⃣ As the statue has irregular shape, scientists used air tunnel, like those used for racing car tests, to test aerodynamic properties of the monument beforehand.
5️⃣ According to the media, this unique engineering construction was originally a monument to Columbus. The designer wanted to sell it to Spain, the US or Latin American countries for the 500th anniversary of the American continent discovery.