Alexander Column - From State Hermitage Museum, Russia
When visiting Sankt-Petersburg, Alexander Column and State Hermitage Museum are two must-see destinations. Located in the heart of the city, Alexander Column is a spectacular monument made in honor of Tsar Alexander I, after the Russian Army victory in the war with Napoleonic France. The column is the tallest of its kind in the world and the view from the bottom looks magnificent. The State Hermitage Museum is located close to Alexander Column and is one of the oldest and most renowned museums in the world, filled with a vast collection of art and archaeological artifacts from the prehistoric period to modern times. The museum occupies five interconnecting buildings and the total collection encompasses over 3 million items. Tasteful and beautiful, it is a perfect place to spend a day exploring and discovering the extensive roles that fine art and culture play in Russian history.