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Rostral Columns (Saint Petersburg)

 

 

 

Birzhevaya Ploschchad

Bus: 7, 10, 47, K-47, K-128, K- 129, K- 147, K- 187, K- 228, K- 252

Trolley: 1, 7, 10

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Rostral Columns

Rostral Columns are two large columns that stand on a Strelka ('arrow' in Russian) of a Vasilevskiy (or Vasilievsky) Island. The name 'rostral' comes from a Latin rostrum or nose of a ship. In the ancient times of a Ancient Roman Empire bronze rams were taken from the rams of defeated ships and placed on columns as a sign of victory. The same tradition continued in Imperial Russia. Rostral Columns became a symbolic commemoration of Russian naval victories.

These Rostral Columns were designed as a lighthouse in 1810 under supervision of Thomas de Thomon. Originally oil lamps were placed on top to bring light to ships. Later these were replaced by gas lamps. At the bottom of Rostral Columns you can see four symbolic figures that represent four important Russian rivers: Neva, Volga, Dnieper and Volkhov.

 

 

 


 

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