Photographer's Note

The legend says, that this stone head inspired famous Russian poet Aleksander Pushkin to write his first major poem "Ruslan and Ludmila". He was only 21 old. It's a romantic folklore story that later inspired
Glinka’s famous opera. One of the characters of the poem is a giant head of a knight.
The hole in the bridge marked a bronze helmet that was lost long ago.

This stone head resides in Sergiyevka villa near Oranienbaum, St.Petersburg region. Sergiyevka, or the Leuchtenberg Dacha, got its name from Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna’s husband, Duke Maximilian von Leuchtenberg. The stone head was placed there by Emperor Pavel's decree in 1800.

Now this territory belongs to biological faculty of Saint-Petersburg State University.

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Additional Photos by Julia Smirnova (Ulishna) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 326 W: 68 N: 251] (2268)
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