Alexander Column

The Alexander column shows the center of the Palace Square. Erected in 1834, it was initiated by Tsar Nicolas I. It honors the military victory of his brother Alexander I over Napoleon's troops. It was made by French architect Auguste Montferrand and is a 25,6 meters-high granite column weighing over 600 tons. It stands on a pedestal, made of the same material and decorated with four bronze low-reliefs. An angel over 4 meters-high holding a cross crowns the structure of a total height of 47.5 meters.
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