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Column of Glory on Troitskaya Ploshchad

This imposing cast-iron column in front of the Trinity Cathedral is in fact a copy of a 19th century monument demolished in 1930 by the Soviet authorities. The original Column of Glory, a memorial to the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, was built in 1886 using the barrels of 128 canon salvaged from the war. The column weight 560 tons, and reached a height of 29 meters. It was mounted on a slab of packed rubble and ten field guns were placed around it. On the top of the column was a bronze figure of Nike with wreath of oak leaves in one hand and an palm frond in the other.

  • Commemorative column made of Turkish trophy cannons in St Petersburg, Russia
    Commemorative column made of Turkish trophy cannons
  • Column of Glory and the dome of Trinity Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Column of Glory and the dome of Trinity Cathedral

During the Soviet period, the site of the column was occupied by a monument to Vasiliy Stasov, architect of the Trinity Cathedral. The copy of the Column of Glory was created by the famous Georgian-Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli and unveiled in its historic location in 2005 (the monument to Stasov is now in the Museum of Urban Sculpture).

Metro:Tekhnologicheskiy Institut
Getting there:From the metro turn left, cross Moskovskiy Prospekt and walk down the street opposite (1-ya Krasnoarmeyskaya Ulitsa). When you reach the first crossroads (with Izmaylovskiy Prospekt), you will see the column to your right.
What's nearby? Trinity Cathedral, River Fontanka, Krukov Kanal
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