Monument to Nicolas I

Памятник Николаю I

Place: St Isaac’s Square On the map

Construction time: 1856-1859

Sculptor: Peter Klodt

Восшествие на престол императора Николая I в 1825 г., рельефNotable features: Nicholas I is depicted in the Konnogvardeysky regiment uniform on a rearing horse. Four bas placed on a pedestal, dedicated to the main events of the Emperor reign:

  • accession to the throne (1825);
  • taming cholera riot (1831);
  • rewarding Mikhail Speransky for drafting of “the Laws of the Russian Empire” (1832);
  • Статуи на цоколе памятника Николаю Iopening of the railway Petersburg-Moscow (1851).

On the four corners the plinth are allegorical female figures personifying the “Strength”, “Wisdom”, “Justice” and “Faith.” These figures have the faces of Alexandra Theodorovna, emperor’s wife, and their daughters:  Mary, Alexandra and Olga.

Interesting facts: in Soviet times monument, like other images of old rulers, Памятник президенту США Э. Джексону (Вашингтон, 1852)going to be destroyed. However, the art critics and historians of the city in one voice declared that the monument is the world’s only equestrian statue with only two support points. Only as a symbol of an engineering thought and as a technical wonder statue was preserved. In fact, the monument is not unique in its kind, although such equestrian statues really are just a few in a world (for example, the image of President E. Jackson at the White House in Washington).

Legend: “You can’t catch!” – such inscription appeared on the monument in the first night after installation. This was an allusion to the Bronze Horseman, a monument to Peter I, who is on the other side of St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Nicholas I always admired the great ancestor, however, according to Alexander Pushkin, “there was a lot of ensign in him, and a bit of Peter the Great.”

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Рядом находятся / Find nearby:

Hotel Astoria
Mariinsky Palace
Angleterre Hotel
Blue Bridge
Saint Isaac Cathedral


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