The main square of St Petersburg and one of the world's most
magnificent plazas, Palace Square contains the picturesque Baroque
buildings of the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum on one side and
the Classical yellow and white former General Staff buildings of
the Russian army on the other. The focal point of the square is the
Alexander Column, a tall monolith of red granite topped by the
statue of an angel and a cross, dedicated to Russian military
victory in the Napoleonic wars. Palace Square has been the site of
numerous political protests, most notably the demonstrations of
Bloody Sunday in 1905 that started the first Russian Revolution.
Today the square, with its beautiful views of the Admiralty's
golden spire and the dome of St Isaac's Cathedral from across the
vast stone paving, is filled with markets, outdoor cafes and the
sound of horse-drawn carriages.
Address: Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Palace Square)
Transportation: Metro stations Nevsky Prospekt or Gostiny Dvor;
trolleybus 1, 7 or 10; or bus 7, 10 or 147.