24 Apr 2010

Palace Square, St.Petersburg


Palace Square , connecting Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge leading to Vasilievsky Island, is the central city square of St.Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. It was the setting of many events of worldwide significance, including the Bloody Sunday(1905) and the October Revolution of 1917. The centre of the square is marked with the Alexander Column (1830-34), designed by Auguste de Montferrand. This red granite column (the tallest of its kind in the world) is 47,5 metres high and weighs some 500 tons. It is set so well that no attachment to the base is needed. The eastern side of the square is occupied by Alesanderro Brullo's building of the Guards Corps Headquarters (1837-43). The western side, however, opens towards Admiralty Square, thus making the Palace Square a vital part of the grand suite of St Petersburg squares.

This is my first card sent from the city of St.Petersburg. It is really beautiful! Just planing to make a visit in Russia soon.

2 comments:

CafebyJW said...

Beautiful sky.

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Postcards Crossing said...

That's an impressive structure! Moscow is in my list of dream destinations.