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Alexander Column, St. Petersburg

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Alexander Column stands 47.5 m (156 ft) tall, erected in memory of the victory against France under Emperor Alexander I. The 600 ton (1,322,772 lb) granite monolith was lifted using the strength of 3,000 men, and is believed to be the largest of its kind in the world. Observe its red polished surface, paying attention to the elaborate bas-reliefs of allegorical figures at the pedestal. The face of the large angel on top of the pillar is said to resemble Emperor Alexander I. Rumor has it that during the Soviet period the authorities almost changed its face to represent Joseph Stalin. A visit to Alexander Column represents just the start of the adventure when you use our St. Petersburg trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Within the centre of palace square sits this monolith, of a statue what is more amazing as it has no foundation or fixtures to keep it in place. Named after the emperor who reigned from 1801 to 1825, ...  more »
  • ...Sonst would like this as it would be in Berlin and would miss the Brandenburg Gate. A beautiful place with beautiful views of the Winter Palace (Hermitage Museum). The Alexander column is larger than it looks in the pictures. The column was built in memory of the victory over Napoleon by Alexander I.
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  • Column erected in honour of Alexander I to commemorate the victory of the Russians over Napoleon. This monument of more than 650 tonnes was placed without fixation on its base. A real feat to place like a glass on a table of 47 meters high granite monolith that is the central point of the Palace Square.
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  • Stop to take a picture! The statue is gorgeous!
  • Incredible and beautiful iconic column in the main square
  • Russia has a lot of historic places like this to see!
  • Amazing
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