You may have been intrigued by the sight of a massive three-headed dragon statue and wondered where it originally came from. Turns out it’s part of a Russian theme park filled with sculptures.
It also screams threateningly and breathes fire.
The village of Kamenka in Russia’s Lipetsk region has gained popularity in recent times as the home of Zmei Gorynich, a massive three-headed statue. The dragon looks exceptionally realistic and a “frighteningly attractive” depiction of one of Slavic folklore’s most iconic villains.
The dragon statue is a part of the Kudykina Gora theme park, which is packed with all sorts of exciting things. Kudykina has become an exciting tourist destination, owing mainly to the Zmei Gorynich statue. It was created by Ukrainian sculptor Vladimir Kolesnikov. Zmei is about 15 meters tall and the size of a frightening three-headed dragon. Oh, and to be clear, the dragon does breathe fire.
It took the work of two long years to bring this life-size dragon to reality from a concept. Finally, after two years, the raging monster was on display for enthusiasts to see and behold. It is situated atop a mound in the Kudykina Gora park’s center.
The statue’s pictures garnered over a million likes while it was under construction back in 2017. It is now one of the main attractions of the Kamenka village. However, what lures in tens of thousands of tourists per annum is the fascination of seeing the beast in all its glory. Spouting flames through all its three mouths, leaving plumes of black smoke floating around.
This spectacle is on display daily at 1900 hours and on national holidays. But like all wonderous displays, this one also demands that the enthusiasts travel over 400 km from Moscow on the M4 Don highway. The family park that features this dragon has other attractions for the whole family. A must-visit if you are in Russia.