Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), St. Petersburg

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Saint Petersburg's historical heart, monumental Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) provided the setting for some of the 20th century's most dramatic events. In 1905, imperial troops shot at unarmed strikers demonstrating in this very space, sparking the Revolution of 1905. In 1917, Bolshevik militants stormed the royal residence, the square's most prominent building, signaling the start of the October Revolution. Today, the grand square serves a more peaceful purpose, attracting visitors with its ensemble of landmark buildings. Commence your tour of the city at the square's central column, the tallest of its kind in the world. Erected in honor of Russia's victory over Napoleon's France, the top of the towering column features a statue of an angel holding a cross. Plan your visit to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our St. Petersburg itinerary maker.
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  • Just amazing how many ppl congregate here and such a wide variety of activity takes place. We were entertained by all kinds of street performers who were singing or dancing. It was a lovely day when i...  more »
  • Recommend to visit on a weekday or early in the morning. It was during this time that fewer tourists, transportation, and just like that. You can enjoy the view.
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  • Beautiful, stunning buildings, huge clean square where visions of the past could easily be conjured up. An insight into the past and to the glory days of the Tsars. Free, pleasant to walk around and h...  more »
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  • My favourite part is to go there at night; the lights on the buildings give such a lovely atmosphere!
  • I felt like I was stepping back in time to a different world - like a movie set. Breathtaking spot in St. Petersburg.
  • The heart of Saint-Peterburg. Big but cosy square. Love this place. Be sure to visit
  • Very nice view and just an amazing panorama. Unfortunately, the government chose this place for concerts and events which ruins the whole thing beauty and freedom of movement there.
  • Impressive and giant square in Saint Petersburg, although some of you commies still prefer to call it Leningrad. Whatever. Still pretty damn cool.

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