Famous Public Monuments in Sankt Petersburg

The Bronze Horseman, statue of Peter the Great in Sankt Petersburg

The Bronze Horseman, statue of Peter the Great in Sankt Petersburg ©thisisbossi/Flick

Sankt Petersburg is a magnificent city with countless tourist attractions. At least once in life you have to visit this marvelous town. We already presented some of the beautiful palaces and churches of the city, but there are so many other buildings to see in this gorgeous city.

Today we would like to present you some famous public monuments in Sankt Petersburg that have a high historical value and worth to be seen. Some of them are so much infiltrated in the life of people that also appear in literature. For example the bronze horseman rises and gallops on the streets of the city in many Russian literary works.

The Bronze Horseman monument in Sankt Petersburg

Perhaps the most famous symbol of St Petersburg is the equestrian statue of Peter the Great inaugurated on the Senate Square in 1782. Considered the most important work of the French sculptor Etienne Maurice Falconet, the statue occupies a prominent place in Russian literature as the bronze rider (Mednii Vsadnik).

The Bronze Horseman, statue of Peter the Great in Sankt Petersburg

The Bronze Horseman, statue of Peter the Great in Sankt Petersburg ©thisisbossi/Flick

The Alexander Column

The Palace Square is dominated by a unique monument, the Alexander Column (1830-1834). Made from a single piece of red granite from Finland, it is the highest column of its kind in the world, and it is so well fixed that it doesn’t need any additional base to ensure its stability.

 

The Alexander Column in Sankt Petersburg

The Alexander Column in Sankt Petersburg ©thisisbossi/Flick

Other famous statues in Sankt Petersburg

The special Monument to Generalissimo Alexander Suvorov, represented as a young god of war, was set up in 1801, on the Field of Mars, which was used until that date for military parades and popular festivals.

The Square of St. Isaac is decorated with the Monument to Tsar Nicholas I, which is the only equestrian statue with two support points (the back feet of the horse).

Among the public monuments of the city of Sankt Petersburg is the circular Statue of Empress Catherine the Great on the Nevsky Prospekt, the bronze statues of some horses on the Anichkov Bridge, an equestrian statue in the style of Rodin, the Statue of Tsar Alexander II and the Tercentenary Monument – given by the France nation and installed on the Sennaia Square.

Bronze horse statue on the Anichkov Bridge in Sankt Petersburg

Bronze horse statue on the Anichkov Bridge in Sankt Petersburg ©Fearless Fred/Flick

The triumphal arches

Some of the most important events in the history of the city are represented by particular monuments. Russian victory over Napoleon is commemorated by two triumphal arches, one being at the Narva, the other at the Moscow Gate. In the same idea the Piskarevskoie Cemetery was opened in 1960 as a monument to the victims of the 900 days of siege of Leningrad.

Triumpal Arch at Narva in Sankt Petersburg

Triumpal Arch at Narva in Sankt Petersburg ©alexyv/Flick

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