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Must See Monuments in St. Petersburg

22. February 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

The Bronze Horseman, St. Petersburg, Russia

Like most Russian cities, St. Petersburg has a large display of statues and monuments celebrating its history. There are numerous statues of the city’s founder, Peter the Great, as well as sculptures commemorating Russia’s military heroes, literary geniuses, and political figures.

 

One of the most impressive monuments in honor of Peter the Great is The Bronze Horseman, located on Senate Square, facing the Neva River. It was built by order of the Empress Catherine the Great, as is evident by its inscription: Catherine the Second to Peter the First. The pedestal is known as the Thunder Stone and is said to be the largest stone ever moved by man.

 

According to a 19th century legend, enemy forces will never take St. Petersburg while The Bronze Horseman stands in the middle of the city. During the Second World War, the statue was protected with sand bags and a wooden shelter.

 

The tallest monument in St. Petersburg is named after Emperor Alexander I, who ruled Russia during the Napoleonic Wars, 1801-1825. The Alexander Column celebrates Russia’s victory in those wars and is the focal point of Palace Square. Standing nearly 156 feet tall, the monument is topped with an angel holding a cross.

 

In contrast to a monument so tall, you should also visit the monument that’s just 11 centimeters small. The Chizhik Pyzhik is a statue of a siskin, a petite bird. Located near the Summer Garden, this site was formerly the location of the Imperial Legal Academy, whose students resembled siskins with their green and yellow uniforms. Good luck is granted to those who can land a coin onto the statue.

 

There are plenty more historic monuments and statues with interesting stories to be uncovered in St. Petersburg. Here are just a few to keep your eye out for when you travel to this remarkable city.

 

The Alexander Column

The Alexander Column, St. Petersburg, Russia

Chizhik Pyzhik

Chizhik Pyzhik, St. Petersburg, Russia

Visitors drop coins on Chizhik Pyzhik for good luck

Monument to Catherine the Great

Monument to Catherine the Great

Tsar Carpenter

Tsar Carpenter

Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad

Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad

Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad

 

Source: www.saint-petersburg.com