Nicolaus the First (don't mess him with his unlucky grand-grandson Nicolaus the Second, last Russian Emperor), was a strict and rather dogmatic ruler, he got nickname "Iron Tzar" in the West, but on the homegrounds his nickname was much less favorable and sounded as "Palkin", which can be translated as "Rodman", and means that the common people saw him as the person, who wanted to bring everywhere order and discipline in a traditional way - i.e. with a rods and sticks.
His long reigh ended with unsuccesful Crimean War in 1853-1855, which called for the reforms and westernisation of the society, performed by his son, Alexander II.
Monument to the Iron Tzar, or Rodman if you like, in the very center of St-Petersburg, over the blooming liliacs - I thought it's rather unusual way to present this monument.
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robjol (2399) 2009-06-17 5:43
Very good notes you have made, giving us good information about this monument.
I like this photo very much, the monument between the colourful bushes. Plus the archtecture behind.
The two flags you also caught well, nealy full on.
fritzi007 (8432) 2009-06-17 7:50
Interesting photo, beautiful colors and Lilac
lousat (81734) 2009-06-17 14:23
Hi Uhu,this magic point of view make a difference....there are a lot of things inside this pic..but all is in a perfect place and taken whit the best quality.Very good idea,my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO