Alexander Column

Alexander Column, St. Petersburg: Hours, Address, Alexander Column Reviews: 4.5/5

Alexander Column
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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The area
Neighborhood: Admiralteisky
How to get there
  • Admiralteyskaya • 5 min walk
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,084 contributions
This 47 meters red granite obelisk is in the center of the famous Palace square with Hermitage winter palace and General staff building around it. On top of the column is an angel holding a cross.
It was erected to honor the 1812 victory over Napoleon.
Written May 23, 2021
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Malgorzata
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Alexander Column is a monument in the Palace Square in St. Petersburg. It was built in 1829-1834 on the initiative of Emperor Nicholas I to celebrate the victory of his brother, Emperor Alexander I and Russian troops over the Great Army of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1812. It is located in the center of square. The column is the largest structure of this type in the world. It measures 47.5 m in height . At the top there is a statue of an angel holding a 6-meter cross in one hand. The column is a monolith made of red granite, and its stem is not attached to the pedestal, maintaining balance due to solid seating and impressive weight. A beautiful pedestal with a base and an extremely skillful work of a sculptor, an angel that crowns the column.
Written May 2, 2020
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Alexander_Kudrin
Samara, Russia9,035 contributions
Solo
The Alexander Column rises in the center of Palace Square.
It is the tallest and heaviest monolith in the world, made of solid granite.
The monument is crowned with the figure of an angel by Boris Orlovsky. In his left hand, the angel holds a four-pointed cross, and raises it to heaven with his right hand. The angel's head is tilted, and his gaze is fixed on the earth, so the angel has always been perceived primarily as a protector and guardian of the city. An angel tramples a snake with a cross, which symbolizes the peace that Russia brought to Europe by defeating the Napoleonic troops.
Many Petersburgers, including Lermontov's grandmother, were very afraid that the column would fall, so they tried not to drive or walk around Palace Square due to the fact that the column is held only by its own gravity.
Written January 22, 2022
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Peter R
Keswick, VA994 contributions
Solo
great place to meet up - really hard to miss. Near the Hermitage and Winter Place, the Neva river boat tour departures, the city bus tours, tourism office and carriage tours.
Written October 3, 2014
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cowfart
Singapore, Singapore290 contributions
Family
Nothing much to do here other than to savour the historical significance of this place, and overpriced ice cream.

The column was erected 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. This red column is a single piece of granite - 47.5 metres high and weighs 600 tons. It is set so well that no attachment to the ground is needed. I dread to think what would happen in the event of a hurricane.

This area (in particular, the Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) is the site of Bloody Sunday in 1905 as well as the 1917 Great October Socialist Revolution - to those who are interested in history like myself, please do read up about these significant events before visiting to appreciate it fully. This is where the Bolsheviks forcefully took over the government and the rest, they say, is history.

To the rest: You can hang around here if you arrived too early to the Hermitage, or after your visit. There's nothing here but photo taking opportunities - while waiting for the Hermitage to open of course, before the hordes rush in.
Written August 5, 2013
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AvidTraveler12
Winchester, UK1,622 contributions
Couples
If ever there was ever a prime real estate location in St Petersburg this is it. Located directly in front of the Hermitage in the Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (main square) of the city. The column celebrates Alexander I victory over Napoleon and was completed and errected in 1832. The column was the tallest in the world at the time although since surpassed, however, it is still the tallest free standing monument in the world and it's central core contains a stone block that weigh's in excess of 500 tons.
The column is located in a great people walking area, the square and surrounding area is great to explore on foot and there is so much to see.
Written November 17, 2012
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veresch
St.Petersburg, Russia1,957 contributions
This enormous column was placed in the middle of Palace square to celebrate the victory of Russia over Napoleonic France but the most significant detail was that the design and engineering was provided by the French architect and engineer Auguste Monferrand. Unlike its ancient predecessors - at the top of the column there was not a statue of the respective emperor (Alexander I during whose regn Russian troops entered Paris in 1814) - but of an angel trampling a serpent. It was an example of the great technical achievement as the middle part of the column was made of a single block of granite weighing 600 tons and it was elevated in less than 3 hours on August 30, 1832 with more than 10000 spectators watching the procedure. Total height of the column - 47.5 m - made it the highest triumphal column at that time (later it was surpassed by Nelson column in London).
Written December 12, 2010
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BackinBracknell
Bracknell, UK1,386 contributions
Perhaps surprisingly it's not a monument to Peter the Great, but it commemorates the Russian victory over Napoleon and is named after Emperor Alexander I of Russia. It's 48m tall and is the focal point of Palace Square, so if you're anywhere in the vicinity you are definitely not going to miss it!
Written October 14, 2019
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Mina P
Inverkip, UK7,939 contributions
Couples
It dominates Palace Square. Named after Emperor Alexander I of Russia, it was constructed between 1830 and 1834 by architect Auguste de Montferrand, to commemorate the victory against Napoleon of France.
It's 47.5 m tall and weighs 600 tonnes. The monolith red granite for its construction came from Virolahti, Finland, on a specially designed barge and was erected by 3000 men. On the top, an angel statue by Russian sculptor Boris Orlovsky, holds a big cross. The angel's face is similar to Emperor Alexander's face. During the communist era the authorities wanted to replace the angel with Joseph Stalin's statue!!! The pedestal bears military scenes by sculptor Giovanni Battista Scotti. On one plaque it's written - To Alexander I from a grateful Russia. There is a rumour that a chest with silver commemorative coins designed by N.Gube in 1834, was buried in the foundations of the column.
Written November 7, 2015
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vb22
United States1,229 contributions
Couples
Not something to go out of your way for ... but if you're walking to / by the Hermitage you can visit this in the large courtyard
Written May 2, 2012
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