#5207 Postcard NL-4152412 sent to Russia
This postcard (NL-4152412) I sent to Tatiana in Russia (Samara).
Postcard details: Tsar Peter Statue (Mastrigt en Verhoeven), travelled about 2995 km (1861 mi) in 19 days
Statue of Tsar Peter the Great dating from 1909. The statue is placed in the middle of the Dam square and was designed by the Russian sculptor Léopold Bernstamm on behalf of Tsar Nicholas II, who donated it in 1911 to the city of Zaandam in memory of the residence of Peter the Great in the city. Nicholas II commissioned Bernstamm, based in Paris, to make five monuments for his famous ancestor between 1900 and 1910, including a statue in Saint Petersburg. The Zaanse statue, which was cast at J. Malesset in Paris, is a replica of this. The pedestal was designed by the Parisian architect Albert-Désiré Guilbert. The approximately five meters high statue consisting of a two meter high bronze statue placed on an approximately three meter high plinth of grey Emelpov granite from the Ukraine. The statue shows Tsar Peter the Great as a ship's carpenter, sitting on the edge of a ship under construction, while he is working on a piece of wood with an axe.
On the west side of the octagonal plinth is the text in bronze letters:
CZAAR PETER I / LEERT DEN SCHEEPSBOUW IN ZAANDAM / 1697 / GESCHENK VAN KEIZER / NICOLAAS II / AAN DE STAD ZAANDAM / 1911
(TSAR PETER I / LEARNING SHIPBUILDING IN ZAANDAM / 1697 / GIFT OF EMPEROR / NICHOLAS II / TO THE CITY OF ZAANDAM / 1911)
The east side of the pedestal has a bronze relief of the Russian national coat of arms, under which the same inscription is in Russian:
Царь Пётр I / обучается в Саардаме / корабельному делу / в 1697 г. / Дар императора / Николая II / городу Саардаму / в 1911 году