Bust of Peter the Great Unveiled in Karlovy Vary

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On 20th September, a bust of the Russian Emperor Peter I was unveiled in front of the building housing the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in the spa town of Karlovy Vary, which is situated in the west Bohemia region of the Czech Republic.

Peter I visited Karlovy Vary on two occasions: in 1711 and 1712 years. The Consulate General is located on the street, named after the Russian emperor.

The proposal to install a bust was received in 2017, from the famous Czech sculptor Michal Moravets. His work includes a bust of the Czech writer J. Gaschek (near the Library of Foreign Literature) and a statue of St. Ludmila (on the territory of St. Nicholas Church in Kotelniki) in Moscow.

The financing of the project was undertaken by Russian and Czech businessmen.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Governor of the Karlovy Vary Region Ya. Vildumetsova, as well as deputies, regional and city leaders, representatives of Russian and Czech business, cultural circles, clergy, nobility, and compatriots.

A postage stamp dedicated to this event was issued by the Marketing Club of St. Petersburg. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 24 September 2018