The column is the largest single-piece granite monument in the world.
The Alexander Column in the Palace Square in St. Petersburg was unveiled on this day 185 years ago.
It is one of the city’s main symbols and the largest single-piece granite monument in the world. The column weighs 600 tons and has no supports, it is fixed in position by its own weight alone. Over 2.5 thousand solders were deployed putting it up.
The granite rock that was used to make the column was quarried in Finland, which then was part of the Russian Empire. The monument was designed by the French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand.
The column commemorates the victory of Emperor Alexander the First over Napoleon in 1812.