Today in the U.S. is a holiday: "Columbus Day"

In New York there is some controversy about the statue which is in the center of "Columbus Circle" in Manhattan, on top of a very tall pole.

For me when I look now I am reminded of this statue - in Moscow! I heard many arguments and jokes - not so much about the history, but people say it is ugly. (Some enjoy it. It tells a story.) It is said to be the 8th largest statue in the world.

Short version: To make a statue of Christopher Columbus more acceptable for Russian display, his head was removed by the artist (Tsereteli) and now by magic this became Peter the Great. Still the statue received little love.

Controversy everywhere about Columbus statues!
[ New York Columbus statue: http://bit.ly/ColCrcle ]

More images of Moscow "here" and @ http://www.fenichel.com/moscow


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