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“Hail the horseman”

Monument To Nicholas I
Ranked #116 of 1 919 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Owner description: 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.
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 the rear hooves of the horse. Take time to marvel at the tons of bronze poised on two tiny supports. The only precedent to this statue is the 1852 equestrian statue of US President Andrew Jackson, in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC. This is an incredible statue and feet of engineering. There's no cost to enjoy this fabulous monument.

Date of experience: September 2016
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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.

Date of experience: September 2016
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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.

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank laurayinmay
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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.

Date of experience: August 2016
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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 with three steps. The lower part of the pedestal is made of dark gray granite and red porphyry. The middle part is decorated with bronze bas-reliefs and hewed from red Finnish granite. The upper part of the pedestal is made of red porphyry. The pedestal of the pony statue is sculpted from white Italian marble. Free

Date of experience: June 2016
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