Dracarys! While Khaleesi’s deafening dragon children from Game of Thrones are what comes to mind first when we think of these mythical creatures, a real, humongous dragon statue in Russia has put even these magnificent creatures to shame. Named the Zmei Gorynich, Dragon, the Son of Mountain reaches a breathtaking height of 49 feet.
The Zmei Gorynich lives at Kudykina Gora, a theme park nearly 250 miles south of the capital city of Moscow. While it is pleasant to assume that our favorite GoT inspired the roaring sculpture, the three-headed dragon statue actually finds its origins in Slavic folklore. The iron and concrete structure was built by the famed Ukrainian artist Vladimir Kolesnikov.
Usually, you’d want to run away as soon as you see a dragon, less one breathing fire and destroying civilization for leisure. However, this iconic folklore villain makes us do anything but. Crowds have been drawn towards this life-sized dragon statue for its enormous size and its rare exhibition – the Zmei Gorynich breathes out real fire and smoke.
And not from one mouth, but from all three! This terrifying and dazzling display can be witnessed only on weekends and national holidays, always at 7 in the evening.
If you somehow find yourself in Russia’s Moscow, all you have to do is travel for a few hours to the Kudykina Gora theme park, in the middle of which this horrific serpent-like three-faced dragon sits atop a small mound. While the dragon has joined other animals in the park, this single installation has drawn millions of people here till now.
And if you need some more reality in this Russian dragon sculpture, let us inform you that, right before it breathes fire and is set to destroy everything in its sight(okay, we’re exaggerating), the Zmei Gorynich lets out a dreadful, haunting groan and scream.
Stuff of nightmares, if you ask us.
But we won’t miss it.
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