Town squares in Saint Petersburg

Palace Square

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Palace Square (русский. Дворцовая площадь, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), connecting Nevsky Prospekt with Palace Bridge leading to Vasilievsky Island, is the central city square of St Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. It was the setting of many events of worldwide significance, including the Bloody Sunday (1905) and the October Revolution of 1917.

The earliest and most celebrated building on the square is the baroque white-and-azure Winter Palace of Russian tsars (1754-62), which gave the square its name. Although the adjacent buildings are designed in the Neoclassical style, they perfectly match the palace in their scale, rhythm, and monumentality.

The opposite, southern side of the square was designed in the shape of an arc by George von Velten in the late 18th century. These plans were executed half a century later, when Alexander I of Russia envisaged the square as a vast monument to the Russian victory over Napoleon and commissioned Carlo Rossi to design the bow-shaped Empire-style Building of the General Staff (1819-29), which centers on a double triumphal arch crowned with a Roman quadriga.

The centre of the square is marked with the Alexander Column (1830-34), designed by Auguste de Montferrand. This red granite column (the tallest of its kind in the world) is 47,5 metres high and weighs some 500 tons. It is set so well that no attachment to the base is needed.

The eastern side of the square is occupied by Alessandro Brullo's building of the Guards Corps Headquarters (1837-43). The western side, however, opens towards Admiralty Square, thus making the Palace Square a vital part of the grand suite of St Petersburg squares.

The square also serves as open-air venue for concerts by international acts, including the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Madonna.

References

  • V.I. Pilyavsky. Palace Square in Leningrad. Moscow, 1958.
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Ma Hi
22 July 2016
It's an historical place and Its windy.make sure you have warm clothes.you can listen to street music and enjoy the beautiful view and see hermitage.its also very beautiful at night.
Serafettin B.
5 December 2016
Try to see it outside when the fountains are running as another lovely display. Although as with all attractions here very busy with tourists.
Maria
19 May 2016
i love this place, because it is like the historical center of my city. I think it has so many good things to see and if you are a tourist then it would be nice if you visited it c:
Ben
13 October 2015
It's an historical place. I like to walk there night and see hermitage with light and also some bands come and play music .
Ralitsa Ivanova
14 September 2019
One of my favorite places in the city. You must come here early morning or late night when there are minimum tourist to see the real grand palace square!
parmiss ehteshami
4 July 2015
Located in a part of town which is always windy therefore cooler than the rest of it so wear your knits and enjoy a walk in history!
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ploshchad' Dvortsovaya, 10, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 190000

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