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Alexander Column

Dvortsovaya Square | metro Nevskiy Prospekt, St. Petersburg, Russia
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This 155-foot red granite column in Palace Square honors Russia's victory over France in the Napoleonic Wars, and is considered a remarkable engineering accomplishment.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
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Dvortsovaya Square | metro Nevskiy Prospekt, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tall monument is made from one single granite and stands as the landmark of Palace Square between Heritage Museum and Palace Staff Building to memorize Russia victory in the 1812 war with France. Everybody can visualize this symbol at a distance and don't miss...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017

The tallest granite column 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.

Thank Phayao13
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Every city should have one, here, London has, Rome has many. It is a very impressive large example though, all the more so for standing proudly in the centre of the large Place Du Palais square.

Thank KS&HC
Reviewed 4 May 2017

The Alexander Column is the focal point of Palace Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The monument was raised after the Russian victory in the war with Napoleon's France. The column is named for Emperor Alexander I of Russia, who reigned from 1801–25. It stands in...More

Thank Sachin0408
Reviewed 23 April 2017

The Alexander Column stands in the middle of the Square, between the Winter palace and the General Staff Building, clearly visible from a distance. On our visit to the Square, preparations were underway for the 9 May Parade to commemorate the Great Patriotic War (World...More

Thank Sandra and Alan S
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Within the centre of palace square sits this monolith, of a statue what is more amazing as it has no foundation or fixtures to keep it in place. Named after the emperor who reigned from 1801 to 1825, this foreboding structure keeps good company in...More

Thank JnVSydney
Reviewed 21 January 2017

This is a beautiful statue located on top of a huge and tall column right in the centre if the Palace Square and in front of the Hermitage. Worth talking a look when in Palace Square since this is a symbol of victory in a...More

Thank JustLoveToFly
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Huge and powerful column indeed. When I saw it it was dark, but managed to take great pictures of it.

Thank handy06
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Come back at different times of day to get a picture of this at several angles. The angels are gorgeous. Try to catch a sunny day for the best back ground. Truly a beautiful statue. Use telephoto or buy a postcard.

Thank kyredhead16
Reviewed 16 November 2016

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 single piece of red Finland granite. The...More

Thank Peter C
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