From: Russia To: America [Rejected]
From: Moscow To: St. Petersburg [Rejected]
The statue of Peter the Great was erected in the Moskva River in the historical center of Moscow in 1997. Since then, it has made it onto numerous lists as one of the ugliest statues and buildings in the world. The statue had been originally gifted to America by Russia to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the first voyage to the U.S. by Christopher Columbus.
Unfortunately, the gift was rejected for reasons unknown. After its first rejection, Russia took it back and recycled it by removing the head of Christopher Columbus to replace it with that of Peter the Great. Props on the recycling, but unfortunately, Christopher Columbus’s face wasn’t what made it ugly in the first place, therefore the problem remained unresolved.
The Muscovites gave it another try by offering the statue of Peter the Great to St. Petersburg -- the city founded by the man back in 1700’s. The offer was declined. The irony of this is that Peter the Great has found his home at Moscow, even though he has once tried to change the capital to St.Petersburg. The biggest irony is that there is a statue of Christopher Columbus’s journey to finding America displayed so victoriously in the capital of Russia.
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