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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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  • Alexander noticeable immediately come to Palace Square and cylindrical. It is a symbol of this square. Running this around as well as horse-drawn carriage, is busy throughout the day.
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  • Monolithic column of pink marble, crowned with the Angel symbolizing the triumph of good. This monument is placed centered on the Palace Square in honor of the victory over Napoleon. Thanks to the ingenious engineers and architects calculated column stands on a granite basis without any supports and anchorages. Look at the top and do not be afraid of such mass did not blow away with the wind))  
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  • It is apparently only a column of granite, however when shown about is really a pharaonic work, and best of all meet that it is erected and is maintained by its own weight, definitely a marvel of engineering.
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