Photographer's Note

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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  • Copyright: Uhu Owl (Uhu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 727 W: 0 N: 1712] (8609)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-06-07
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-06-17 1:08
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