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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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  • Average12%
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Dvortsovaya Square | metro Nevskiy Prospekt, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Alexander Column is located in the center of the Palace Square. The column is dedicated to Tsar Alexander I for his triumph over Napoleon. The red granite column is the largest free standing monument in the world. Built in 1830-34, it is 154 ft. high.

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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

We visted the most impressive and majestic Palace Square couple of times during our stay at St.Petersburg. The most striking monument in the centre of Square is Alexander Column, world's tallest granite monolith column, 47.5 mt, standing on pedestal entirely on gravity. It was built...More

Thank Madan Gopal M
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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Found right at the heart of the Palace Square, the monument represents Russia’s victory against France and Napoleon and is named after Emperor Alexander I. Forty eight meters high, it can be slightly difficult to make out the finer features of the monument high up....More

Thank Greg W
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

Alexander Column dedicated to Tsar Alexander I is a very tall red granite pillar in the middle of Dvortsovaya Square by the Hermitage. There is a bronze angel on the top.

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

The Alexander Column is located at the centre of the Palace Square in between the Winter Palace (Hermitage) and the General Staff Building. It's visible from anywhere in the square. But it's quite tall, in excess of 20 metres, and as result it's not so...More

Thank KGB777
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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

An imposing structure in the middle of the square, impressing, it commemorates the Russian victory over Napoleon, the irony is that it was designed by a French designer!!! I guess he was not fond of Napoleon...

Thank bestmimo
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

At the top of this tall column is an angel holding a cross. The face of the angel is rumored to be that of Alexander I and that would have been great to have had a glimpse. Alex I was raised by Catherine the Great...More

Thank on_the_go_98765
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

while at the palace square one cannot miss this impressive structure. Built to commemorate victory it is so much a part of the Palace Square

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Reviewed 3 September 2017

As you are standing in Palace Square and admiring the Winter Palace, take a look the focal point of the square, the Alexander Column. The monument was raised to commemorate Russia's victory over Napoleon. It is named for the Emperor at the time, Alexander I.

Thank Erin S
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

One of the interesting things to see at Palace Square in St. Petersburg is the Alexander Column which is situated in the centre of the square between the Winter Palace and the Building of the General Staff. The monument was constructed between 1830-34 by French...More

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