The Palace Square and Alexander Column

 

 

Palace Square is considered the main square of the city. On the northern side of the square is the Winter Palace. On the southern side is the former Army General Imperial Staff building. The Triumphal Arch of this building leads directly to Nevsky Prospect.

The Alexander Column on the left is a monument to Alexander I, who ruled Russian during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th Century.

The column was designed by French architect Auguste de Montferrand and built between 1830 and 1834.