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Palace Square : Rich in history, St. Petersburg is also known as the main focus of the revolution that took place at the beginning of the 20th century. The Palace Square is best known as being the center of many of the early political struggles. It was here that “Bloody Sunday” took place, starting the revolution of 1905. History is that on Sunday, January 9, 1905 the revolution began with striking workers and their families marching for relief from Nicholas II. The marchers were met by soldiers who fired into the crowd, killing hundreds of demonstrators. 

Etienne Falconet, a Frenchman, sculpted the Bronze Horseman, long considered one of the city’s most symbolic monuments. Catherine the Great commissioned the statue to pay tribute to the philosophy of enlightened absolutism she shared with Peter the Great. From different angles the statue reveals benevolence, malevolence, inspiration and terror. 

For most of history this statue has been a symbol of tyranny and destruction. It is only in recent years that the Bronze Horseman has become appreciated as a work of art. 

Also near the Palace Square is the Alexander Column, a monument to the defeat of Napoleon in 1812. The column was designed by Auguste de Montferrand and took two years to build. It was cut from the rock face of a cliff in Karelia. After completion, it was slowly transported to St. Petersburg, taking a year for the full trip. 

Surmounted by an angel of peace, the column was erected by 2,000 veterans of the war. This, too, conforms to the geometric formality of the Imperial structures and is positioned in perfect alignment with the entrance to the Winter Palace.

Palace Square

JimG944

Rich in history, St. Petersburg is also known as the main focus of the ...

Updated: Jan 22, 2011 9:08pm PST

Catherine's Palace : Tsarskoye Selo, once known as the Czar’s Village or Pushkin, is approximately 17 miles south of the city of St. Petersburg and is the site of Catherine’s Palace. Built between 1719-1723 and restored many times, it has a stunning aqua colored façade, decorated with statues, gold and white ornaments and topped with gold onion domes. Inside is an immense collection of art work and furnishings. This, as with all of the palaces in the area, was heavily damaged by retreating German forces, but is now almost completely restored.

Catherine's Palace

JimG944

Tsarskoye Selo, once known as the Czar’s Village or Pushkin, is appr ...

Updated: Jan 22, 2011 8:55pm PST

Russia : Ekaterinburg, Omsk, Moscow. Summer 2009

Russia

lamart

Ekaterinburg, Omsk, Moscow. Summer 2009

Updated: May 05, 2010 6:29pm PST

RUSSIA. : ST. PETERSBURG. PETERHOF.

RUSSIA.

worldwidephotoweb

ST. PETERSBURG. PETERHOF.

Updated: Feb 13, 2010 11:59am PST

Vladivostok '07 by Borisenco : "Город"
Фото Саши Борисенко.

Vladivostok '07 by Borisenco

Andrey

"Город" Фото Саши Борисенко.

Updated: Feb 06, 2010 9:49pm PST

Russia 2009 : A great trip exploring Russia aboard the Viking Pakhomov sailing from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

Russia 2009

Phil and Diane House

A great trip exploring Russia aboard the Viking Pakhomov sailing from ...

Updated: Nov 12, 2009 6:53am PST

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Russia

Taylor-pics

Updated: Jun 02, 2008 2:52pm PST