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World's Strangest Statues

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Peter the Great Statue, Moscow

Also known as the “300 Years of the Russian Fleet,” this bronze, stainless steel and copper statue has been controversial since construction began in 1996. One of the tallest outdoor statues in the world at over 300 feet, the statue depicts Peter the Great—infamously called Peter the Terrible—standing on top of a galleon stacked upon a series of other ships. If it looks a bit funny, that’s because sculptor Zurab Tsereteli originally intended it to be a statue of Christopher Columbus. When the Americas and Spain didn’t want it, Christopher’s head was lobbed off and replaced by Peter’s.

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