Monument to Nicolas I
Many monuments dedicated to the members of the Imperial family simply disappeared during Soviet times. The one depicting Nicolas I, considered as a technical exploit was preserved. Indeed the Emperor is depicted riding a horse standing on its back legs. The statue only has two supporting point, which was a first at the time.
The masterpiece by architect August Ricard de Montferrand decorates Saint Isaac Square since 1859. The Emperor is dressed in the uniform of Horse riding guard regiment. On the pedestal, four statues, representing his wife and three daughters, symbolize strength, justice, wisdom and law. Further down, are represented four events that marked his reign including the Decembrist insurrection (1825) and the building of the Railway bridge of Bieriebinsky (1851).