St. Isaac’s Square

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The monument to Emperor Nicholas I at St. Isaac’s Square was erected in 1859 by sculptor Peter Klodt based on the design by Auguste de Montferrand. Nicholas is portrayed on a horse and this 6-metre high monument is the world’s only mounted monument with just two points of bearing.

Further to the south is the city’s widest (97 metres/300 ft) Blue Bridge, often called ‘square bridge’, across the Moika River. On the left side of the bridge a water-measuring post is cut into the Moika Embankment and crowned with Neptune’s trident. The post has signs marking the levels of the Neva in the days of the big city floods.