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Columns of Glory on Konnogvardeyskiy Bulvar

In 1845, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia presented to Emperor Nicolas I copies of two statues of Victory by Christian Daniel Rauch, the greatest German sculptor of the 19th century, one standing in the Park of the Charlottenburg Palace, the other on Belle-Alliance Platz in Berlin.

Bronze statue of Nike on the top of the Column of Glory on Konnogvardeiskiy Boulevard in St Petersburg, Russia
Bronze statue of Nike on the top of the Column of Glory on Konnogvardeiskiy Boulevard

The job of mounting the statues onto suitable pedestals was given to Carlo Rossi, who designed two six-meter granite columns with bronze pommels. The columns were erected on Konnogvardeyskiy Bulvar ("Horse Guards Boulevard") next the Horse Guards Riding School. They were named the Columns of Glory in honour of the role that the Horse Guards Regiment played in the defeat of Napoleon in 1812.

Metro:Admiralteyskaya
Getting there:Turn left and left again out of the metro station onto Malaya Morskaya Ulitsa. Walk to the end of the street and straight across Isaakievskaya Ploshchad. Turn right past St. Isaac's Cathedral and the columns are just past the Horse Guards Riding School to your left.
What's nearby? St. Isaac's Cathedral, Horse Guards Riding School, Alexandrovskiy Garden, Senate and Synod Building, Senatskaya Ploshchad (Senate Square)
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