Shi Tsa Lions on Petrovskaya Naberezhnaya


During descent to Neva on Petrovskaya Naberezhnaya opposite to Cabin of Peter the Great Shi-tsza two granite mythological lions guards are established

They were placed on Petrovskaya Embankment in 1907. Shi Tsa granite lions were made in China, in the Manchurian city of Girin, for the general Chang’s chapel, but after his death, the new governor of the city gave these statues to  the governor-general of Amur region, the ethnographer and the writer, N. I. Grodekov as a present. Nikolai Ivanovich decided to donate them to St. Petersburg.
Sculptures have height about 5 meters, weighing about 2.5 tons everyone. 
Actually, Shi Tsa are not lions, but fantastic creatures, half-lions, half-frogs.  Following the Chinese tradition, their sculptures were usually put at the entrance to a temple or a cemetery. One of Shi Tsa lions holds a small ball in its paw, which symbolizes knowledge, and another Shi Tsa has a little young lion beside.

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