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On a Black Horse Thru Hell HDR by ISIK5 On a Black Horse Thru Hell HDR by ISIK5
The Monument to Nicholas I (Памятник Николаю I) is a bronze equestrian monument of Nicholas I of Russia on St Isaac's Square (in front of Saint Isaac's Cathedral) in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Unveiled on June 25, 1859, the statue was a technical wonder of its time; it spans six meters and was the first equestrian statue in the world with merely two support points (the rear hoofs of the horse).

The Neo-Baroque monument to the Russian ruler Nicholas I was designed by the French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand in 1856. At the personal request of his successor Alexander II, Nicholas was represented as a prancing knight, "in the military outfit in which the late tsar was most majestic"[1]. Around the base are allegorical statues modelled on Nicholas I's daughters and personifying virtues. The statue faces Saint Isaac's Cathedral, with the horse's posterior turned to the Mariinsky Palace of Nicholas's daughter, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna of Russia. This was said to have caused the Grand Duchess considerable discomfort.

The monument to Nicholas I depicts a determined absolutist Russian ruler as a powerful military figure. However, being a junior army officer at heart, Nicholas I was especially devoted to his troops and intricately involved in the details of the military — from ordering the alteration of military uniforms to specializing in the engineering of military fortresses. At the same time, his despotic regime (1825-1855) saw the crushing of the liberal Decembrist revolt and the November Uprising in Poland.

On a black horse thru hell
On a black horse thru hell
The hooves hammer hard on the trail
I've got the devil on my tail
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trancer4e4life Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Wow! I can't stop staring!
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Beezqp Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
whoah
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Is that good or bad? LOL :D
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Beezqp Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
definitely good :P
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:hug: :D
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Terrible-Doll Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
awesome! very well done!
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :hug:
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Mommus Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Absolutely great capture!!!
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RockstarMyth Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Harika bir iş.. Kadraj yine çok güzel..
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