Memorial

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Bust: Peter the Great in Parc de Bruxelles

Erected in honour of Tsar Peter the Great, and in memory of his stay in Brussels in 1717.

Original inscription:

ÉRIGÉ
EN L’HONNEUR
DU CZAR
PIERRE
LE
GRAND
ET EN MEMOIRE
DE SON SEJOUR
A BRUXELLES
EN 1717.

This ravine is the sort of place where "acts of a most scandalous and indecent nature" have been taking place right up to the present day. It seems there used to be a bog or fountain in this ravine, beside which the nearby figure "The Repentant Magdalen" reclined. The bust of Peter the Great was presented by Prince Demidoff in 1854 to commemorate the results of an imperial drinking session. The Latin inscription gives "On the 16th of April 1717, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, Grand Duke Peter Alekseïevitch, Tsar of Moscow, sat upon the rim of this fountain and graced its waters with the wine of which he had partaken." The bust was erected in 1856. We are indebted to the book "The Monuments and Statues of Brussels" for these details, including the reference to the Latin inscription, of which we, sadly, could find no trace.

Site: Peter the Great in Parc de Bruxelles (1 memorial)

1000, Parc de Bruxelles, ravine on south side, in front of palace

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Subjects commemorated

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Tsar Peter the Great

Peter became Tsar at aged 10 when his brother Fedor died. As a young man he ...

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