2009: The transfer of the Alexander Column Monument to the Operational
Management of the State Hermitage Museum
This order was issued in accordance with law
The Alexander Column was erected in 1834 by order of the Emperor Nicholas
I in honour of the victory of the Russian army over Napoleon under the
leadership of Alexander I. The author of the project was Auguste Montferrand.
The height of the column is 47.5 meters. It was from an entire granite
monolith and is held in place by its own weight. The body of the column
has a conical shape is was placed on a massive pedestal, decorated with
bronze bas-reliefs, which celebrate the victory or Russian arms in allegorical
form and symbolize the valour of the Russian Army. The monument is crowned
with an angel, the work of Boris Orlovsky.