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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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  • Our Princess Cruise Tour put us off here for 15 minutes or so. The Column is about 90 feet tall and has an Angel on the top. This is a nice picture taking event but not much more to be said. 
  • It was built to remember the victory of the Imperial Russian armies against Napoleon in 1812, that invaded the Russia. Located in the Centre of Saint Petersburg's Palace Square, the Hermitage Museum, honors the Tsar Alexander I, monarch who ruled Russia at the time. Attached pictures.
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  • Arriving in St. Petersburg and touring around the city surely will arrive in the square in front of the Hermitage and you'll notice at its Center this beautiful column. The square is magnificent and much of the credit goes to the surrounding buildings but this column really gives her extra touch
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