Palace square was also the setting for some of Russia’s most significant historical events including the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the 1905 massacre Bloody Sunday, where peaceful protesters were gunned down while trying to present Tsar Nicholas II with a petition .
Although the buildings surrounding the square were built in different eras, they were all built to scale, giving the square a beauty in symmetry.
The square is a single architectural ensemble, in the northern boundary is the Winter Palace, to the south the General Staff building, a two story arch mounted by the chariot of victory, and installed in the center is the 156 feet (47.5 m) high and 500 ton granite Alexander Column. It also connects key city areas such as Nevsky Prospekt and Palace bridge, which leads into Vasilievsky Island.
As Palace Square is considered one of the biggest hubs in the city, it is easily accessible by the metro to Admiralty and by other modes of transportation at Nevsky Prospekt.
Tours & Tickets
This half-day tour gives an overview of St. Petersburg. It includes city tour with photo stops at the major city sights: the Spit of the Basil Island, Palace ... Read more
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Experience the cultural highlights of St Petersburg on a 3-hour walking tour with an expert local guide. As you explore the spectacular city on foot – from ... Read more
Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
This private city walking tour covers the main attractions of St Petersburg and includes a comprehensive tour of the Hermitage Museum. You will see ... Read more
Location: St Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)