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Monument To Nicholas I

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Address: Isaakiyevskaya Square, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Russia's despotic ruler is depicted as a powerful military figure on...

Russia's despotic ruler is depicted as a powerful military figure on horseback in this beautifully sculpted monument in the city's historic St. Isaac's Square.

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Another stunning Statue in a city of great monuments

St Petersburg is a city that is not short of impressive statues and this one of Nicholas I is another example of a massive equine statue. Standing proud on a high plinth, this... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Sandra and Alan S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

St Petersburg is a city that is not short of impressive statues and this one of Nicholas I is another example of a massive equine statue. Standing proud on a high plinth, this statue has a commanding position in front of St Isaac Cathedral and is well worth seeking out if in the vicinity, but perhaps not worth trekking across... More 

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Union, Kentucky
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Don't waste your time trying to get anyone in Russia to smile. Russians don't smile, no matter what you say or do. They may understand you well enough, they don't think you understand them. They don't have any use for friendly people. They are suspicious. So save your energy for enjoying the beautiful city. You think the pictures of St.... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

This Neo-Baroque equestrian monument of Russia’s Nicholas I adorns St Isaac Square (in front of Saint Isaac Cathedral) The six-meter (±20 feet) bronze statue on stone was unveiled on July 7, 1859 (three years before America’s Civil War began) and was a technical wonder of its time. It was Europe’s first equestrian statue with only two support points, those being... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

It is a neat and impressive statue for sure. But it's certainly not worth a trip by itself. It is just a block from st. Isaac's Cathedral and worth a quick walk after you are done there.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is one of the most important historical landmark in ST Petersburg, as it's the original statue. Everything else here for example Peterhof or Catherins Palace are all rebuilt. It survived the Wars and communism due to it's historical and artistic value so it's a must see here.

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Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

What a country... Another impressive and huge monument. Across the street from the cathedral (or one of the cathedrals - there are lots>). Parking right there and no fee to stop.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

In front of St. Isaac’s Cathedral stands an equestrian statue to Emperor Nicholas I. It was built by the same architect, Auguste de Montferrand, who built the church between 1856 and 1859. . It is an interesting statue as the horse is standing only on 2 legs. The impressive pedestal stands on a short platform made of red Finnish granite... More 

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Reviewed 13 July 2016

This magnificent monument commands the very centre of St. Isaac’s Square, one of the must-visit tourist sites in St. Petersburg. There is a small pedestrian area surrounding the monument where you can go up close and observe it, but tourist buses and vehicles are allowed to stop within the area, so just be mindful of traffic as you are snapping... More 

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Workington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 July 2016

At the centre of St.Isaac’s square prances a haughty, bronze equestrian monument to Nicholas I of Russia. The statue, which was unveiledin 1859, was a technical wonder of its time,it spans six meters and was the first equestrian statue in the world with merely two support points (the rear hoofs of the horse).The marble pedestal, adorned with figures representing Faith,... More 

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Texada Island, Canada
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

This is another statue, not worth going to in it's own, but because it is so near other major sites in St. P. it is worth a few moments to view. Lots of tour buses stop here for a photo opp.

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