Palace Square or Dvortsovaya Ploshchad, 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 155 feet high and weighs some 500 tons. It is set so well that no attachment to the base is needed. This photo was taken from a window in the State Hermitage Museum. Photo Copyright 2006 Robert Giordano.
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