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The Peter the Great Monument in the city of Taganrog (sculptor: Mark Antokolski) as appears on a old postcard. Photo was taken in range 1903—1916. Source: Museum of Taganrogs Regional Studies photofiles.

The idea to open a memorial to Peter I of Russia in Taganrog came to Achilles Alferaki, Mayor of Taganrog 1880-1887. The Russian Emperor Alexander III gave his permission on June 5, 1893.

In 1897, Taganrog City Council (Duma) issued a resolution to request the sculptor Mark Antokolski to produce a memorial to Peter I The Great. In April 1898, Anton Chekhov met with Mark Antokolski in Paris, France to arrange the production of a bronze statue.

The statue was molded in the atelier of Thibaut Brothers in Paris. The pedestal for the monument was made in 1901 by the artist Eduards, owner of an atelier in Odessa.

Petrovskaya Street near the central gates to the City Park was selected as the site for the monument. The memorial to Peter I The Great was solemnly inaugurated on May 13, 1903. The inscription on the pedastal reads: "To the Emperor Peter I, Taganrog 1698-1898".


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