In Nizhny Novgorod, a monument to Russian Emperor Peter the Great was unveiled. It was Peter the Great, who signed a decree in 1714 founding the Nizhny Novgorod province.
"Today, we talk about the Nizhny Novgorod region as a large scientific, industrial, cultural, business center. It was Peter I, who was the first to have seen the potential and opportunities of our region. After his decree, people began working on land to prepare it for agricultural purposes, they started introducing monetary relations and practicing social division of labor - they started building and developing industrial companies, - said Nizhny Novgorod Governor Valery Shantsev. - Each district of the Nizhny Novgorod region still has the features that saw the light and developed in those times: leather and steel production, rope factories and shipbuilding. Peter I did a lot for science, education and economy."
The figure of Peter the Great is 3,7 meters high. The monument is made of bronze; the three-meter pedestal is made of granite and concrete. The author of the monument is Nizhny Novgorod-based sculptor Aleksey Schchitov.
"Symbolically, the monument was placed on this particular location. Peter the Great is looking at Strelka, and there is the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin and Zachatskaya Tower behind him. I think it came out great. This is where history comes together - the present and the future: the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin, the militia, the 300th anniversary of the creation of the region - one can feel all this at once. I'm sure that at the monument to Peter I, Nizhny Novgorod residents will be holding ceremonies, landmark meetings and other important activities," said Valery Shantsev.
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