Equestrian statue of Alexander III
Located in front of the Marble Palace, this equestrian statue of Alexander III has only been in this location since 1994. Created in 1909, it used to decorate Znamienskaya Square (Vostnaya Square since 1918). This location was chosen because it was near the Nikolayevsky Train Station (Moskovsky since 1924) as the Emperor is considered as the fonder of the Trans-Siberian.
Pavel Trubetskoy, author of the sculpture, did not depict the Emperor in the usual way. His horse and himself surprise with their massive and heavy aspect. The story says that Nicolas II, his son, wanted to have the statue moved to Irkutsk, in Siberia.