Palace Square - A Treasure Trove of Sights

In St. Petersburg you will find the central city square called the Palace Square. This square links up Nevsky Prospekt with the Palace Bridge and Vasilievsky Island, and shows one how different styles can be mixed and work well producing an elaborate final result. The Palace Square is the location where many events occurred, for instance Bloody Sunday in 1905 and the October Revolution in 1917, events which had a world wide significance.

On the northern side of the square is the earliest and most acclaimed building - the Baroque Winter Palace of Russian Tsars - which is how the square got its name. Between 1754 to 1762 this beautiful white and azure Palace was built and is one of the most picturesque buildings on the square.

On the southern side, across the square, is the yellow and white former Imperial Army General Staff building; classical in its features and built between 1819 to 1829 by Italian architect Carlo Rossi. The whole southern side of the square is surrounded by the General Staff building and has a central arch designed as a Triumphal Arch following the architecture of the Classical World and design by George von Velten in the 18th century. Through this arch you can reach the Nevsky Prospect.

On the eastern side is a Alessandro Brullo building belonging to the former Royal Guards' General Staff. This building gracefully closes the unbroken view of the Palace Square, while on the Western side of the square borders the Admiralty and the Admiralty Garden. You can clearly see the gilded spire of the Admiralty and the dome of St. Isaac's. When you stand and take the time to look around you and across the stone-clad area of the Palace Square, your breath is taken by the beauty that surrounds you. In the middle of the square you will find the Alexander Column which was built between 1830 and 1834 and was designed by Auguste de Montferrand. This red granite column, the tallest one in the world at 47, 5 meters high, completes the great architectural ensemble, an important focal point.


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