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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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  • The column is located on Palace Square and complements it. Objazaetl'no make a photo here, because this is the heart of the city!
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  • In the Palace square is this impesionante column from 1834 and conceptualized as the highest of its kind worldwide. Made from granite red (that looks to the date with a flawless polished) stands with more than forty and seven meters dominating the skyline from its peak Angel with the cross (reportedly with physiognomic features of Alejandro I). In each of its sides has artistic details bas-relief, highlighting which looks towards the Palace where the legend settled its pedestal: "To Alejandro I from a grateful Russia". No doubt a memorial that can not miss in your photographs of the city. The Venice of the North enjoy... an Imperial City... a beautiful city. LIFE... is a TRIP!
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  • The majestic Alexander Column is the focal point of Palace Square and a monument to the victory of Russia in the war of 1812 with France. The column stands almost 48 metres tall and is made from a sin...  more »