Palace square

An immense and stretching semi-circular expanse in the centre of St. Petersburg, the Palace Square was the epitomy of the grand, imperial order of the tsars. This square was the site of Russia’s celebratory victory over the Napoleonic Empire, parades, festivals, protests, the Bloody Sunday massacre and the 1917 Bolshevik storming of the Winter Palace. Now, the Palace Square enjoys a fairly quiet life of tourists, students and people relaxing. The square is still a main host to holidays and festivals in present-day St. Petersburg.

Over 518 metres long, the Palace Square was built in the early 19th century with standout landmarks such as the double triumphant arch as a celebration of the victory over Napolean and the Alexander Column at the centre, dedicated to Alexander I and symbolising Nicholas’s vision of a militaristic and patriotic Russia. The red granite column was finished in 1834 reaching a height of 47.5m with four double-headed eagles decorating the pedestal. Travel to St Petersburg to see this amazing ensemble of architecture.