A view captured at Saint Isaac's Square on a rainy day in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The mounment in the middle is a bronze equestrian monument to the Russian Emperor Nicholas I. The Neo-Baroque monument to the Russian tsar was designed by the French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand in 1856 (unveiled 1859). At the personal request of his successor Alexander II, Nicholas was represented as a prancing knight, in the military outfit in which the late tsar was most majestic. Around the base are allegorical statues modelled on Nicholas I's daughters and personifying virtues.
Behind the monument to the left you can see the mighty Saint Isaac's Cathedral. The Cathedral was originally the city's main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by Auguste de Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. The cathedral, which can accommodate 14,000 worshipers, now serves as a museum and services are held only on significant ecclesiastical holidays.
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