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“Horse and rider in perfect balance”

Monument To Nicholas I
Ranked #117 of 1 921 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 14 October 2017

We stopped off briefly in St Isaacs square to view the cathedral and also the statue of Nicholas I whilst on a two day visit to St Petersburg. We were on an organised coach trip and this this statue was pointed out to us whilst our excellent guide was giving us a potted history of the city.
The statue shows the Tsar mounted on his horse rearing on its hind legs whilst below him are female figures we were told, representing his daughters. This is quite different to the ‘Bronze Horseman’ statue of Peter the Great in the same city, arguably with not as a dramatic pose perhaps. With its red granite plinth inset with bronze reliefs, the monument seems to reflect on the subjects life and times rather than showing them in an heroic pose.
However, our guide explained that the statue of the rearing horse required much strengthening of the rear legs to support the weight of the horse and rider and indeed the monument is finely balanced to help achieve this.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Stewart C
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

There was a group about to do some photography, people in costumes trying to get into photos for a fee and lots of traffic buzzing around this square.
There were three police cars but no sign of officers.
Lots of memorial to Peter the Great in St PEtersburg.
There was a young couple in wedding dress taking photos at this statue.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Jim R
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

The most remarkable thing about this statue is how the horse supports all that incredible weight on 2 skinny little back feet. The rest is ho-hum.

Alex II ordered the statue so as to honor his predecessor Nick I (father of the Romanov last-of-his-line Nicholas II) who, if truth be told, ruled like a despotic dictator. His rule spanned 1825-1855. The statue shows him dressed in his military outfit.

Around the base of the statue his daughters and the "virtues" are posed.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank on_the_go_98765
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Erected in the 1850s close to the spot from which the Decembrist Revolt of 1825 was crushed this is an impressive monument to the "reluctant" Czar Nicholas I. He is show on a rearing charger in full military uniform. As another reviewer says, the plinth which commemorates three of the Czars victories over his enemies, is almost as impressive as the horseman and contrasts with the memorial to Peter the Great nearby and almost within sight. It can be photographed with ease from the pavement, with impressive building in the background and the possibility of no cars, which is a bonus

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank sheilallan
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

A monument to “pay respect and homage”’ to the despotic and absolutist Nicholas I. Close to neighbouring St. Isaac's Cathedral.

On one of the Saint Petersburg’s most beautiful and historic squares.

An impressive monument!

Date of experience: July 2017
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