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       Monuments and Historical Sites of Saint Petersburg

More than three centuries ago it took Peter the Great’s sagacity, untamed will and energy to unite the efforts of thousands of Russian people for erecting one of the most beautiful cities of Europe that was destined to live through the lean years more than once, still preserving its majestic beauty and imperial spirit. Everything – palaces, cathedrals, theatres, monuments, granite-clad embankments – all testify to invincible power and mirror Russia’ turbulent history.                               

Admiralty

One of the magnificent expressions of naval triumphalism - the Admiralty, initially founded by Peter the Great in 1704 as a fortified shipyard. The responsibilities of the Admiralty Board had been changing throughout its history.

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  Alexander Column

The monument was erected after the Russian victory in the war with Napoleon's France. Named after Emperor Alexander I, who ruled Russia  between 1801 and 1825, the column is an interesting piece of architecture and engineering.

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  Bronze Horseman

A symbol of indomitable will and ruthless vision, the statue of Peter I known as the Bronze Horseman was commissioned by Catherine the Great to glorify the “enlightened absolutism”, designed by a French sculptor E.Falconet in 1782.

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  Field of Mars

The Field of Mars or Marsovo Polye is a large well-appointed park situated in the center of Saint-Petersburg, with an area of about 9 hectares, named after the Mars - Roman god of war.

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  Monument to Catherine the Great 
 

The only monument to Catherine the Great in Saint Petersburg, designed by sculptor Mikeshin, was erected on Alexandrinskaya Square, on which looks the facade of Russia’s first public library the Empress had established.

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  Monument to Nicholas I
 

At the centre of St. Isaac’s square prances a haughty, bronze equestrian monument to Nicholas I of Russia. The monument accurately and powerfully depicts the determined absolutist Russian ruler as a powerful military figure.

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  Moscow Triumphal Arch
 

The cast-iron Moscow Triumphal Arch, modeled on Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, was built by Stasov in late 1830s to commemorate a whole series of victories against the Persians, Turks and Poles during Nicholas I’s reign.

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  Narva Gate
 

The copper-plated Narva Gate, a diminutive triumphal arch crowned by a statue of Victory astride her six-horde chariot, was erected to commemorate the Napoleonic Wars and scene of the first of the many fatal clashes on “Bloody Sunday”. 

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  Neva River 
 

No one would deny that Saint-Petersburg’s claim to fame is the infinite full-watered Neva river which constitutes the downtown and at the same time connects the major city ports with the Gulf of Finland and Ladoga Lake. 

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Piskarevskoe Memorial Cemetery 
 

The Piskarevskoe Memorial Cemetery is a burial place of more than 470.000 citizens, who died of starvation, bombardments and cold during the siege of Leningrad.  

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  The Spit of Vasilievsky Island 

 

The Spit of Vasilievsky Island, which used to be a working port 1733-1885, is one of the most picturesque places in Petersburg with its Rostral Columns and stock exchange building - the ensemble created in the 19th century.  

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