The Alexander Column is a monument to the victory over Napoleon in the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century. Named after Emperor Alexander I, who ruled Russia at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, the column is an excellent piece of architecture and engineering. It stands 155 feet 8 inches high, and is topped with a statue of an angel holding a cross. (The observant will notice that the cross is Protestant, not Orthodox, in style.) Ironically, given why it was erected, the Alexander Column was designed by a French-born architect, Auguste de Montferrand, who also designed St. Isaac's Cathedral.
For more information about the Alexander Column in St. Petersburg, Russia, please go to http://www.saint-petersburg.com/monuments/alexander-column.asp
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