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Alexander Column, St. Petersburg

Categories: Monuments, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Even someone who has never been to Peter's, know about the Palace Square and The pillar. Did you know that the General staff building is the largest in Europe?!?!? Did you know that the Alexander column, erected in the year 1834 by Montferrand in memory of the victory over Napoleon, Alexander I, it is the tallest monument in the world, made of solid granite?!?!? And still stands on the granite basis with no additional supports, only under the action of force of its own gravity? And at first the architect himself walked every day to the pillar, near St. Petersburg were not afraid to walk in the Palace area because of this? And even after the October revolution at the top like to advertise, instead of an Angel figure of Lenin? One of the symbols of St. Petersburg. Of course, magnificent. Come admire!
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  • Monument in honour of Alexander I, for his achievements in the war against Napoleon. The column is made of red granite, is cited as the largest monolith of modern times. Has 26 meters high and 4.30 meters in diameter, Your pedestal has nearly 8 meters high. At the top of the column, an Angel and a bronze cross. The total height of the monument is of 47 metres. She is right in the center of the square of the Palace, in front of the Hermitage Museum.
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  • At the heart of Palace Square, between world-class Winter Palace and Hermitage museums, this 84-foot column of red granite monolith came from Finland. The 661-ton single-stone monolith was erected wit...  read more »
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