Restoration of Montferrand’s Equestrian Monument to Nicholas I

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Restoration has begun on the equestrian monument to Emperor Nicholas I, situated on St. Isaac’s Square in St. Petersburg. Experts say it will take at least two years to complete the project.

A large metal hexagon structure has been constructed around the monument, for which, a 40-ton crane was used. The structure is 19 meters high, while the diameter is 20 meters around. In order not to spoil the view of one of the city’s most picturesque squares, a series of banners with drawings, photographs and historical references have been added to the structure.

the bronze equestrian statue of Emperor Nicholas I (1796-1855), was designed by the French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand (1786-1858). Unveiled on July 7th  [O.S. June 25th] 1859, the six-meter statue was a technical wonder of its time. It was the first equestrian statue in Europe with only two support points (the rear hooves of the horse). Around the base are allegorical statues modelled on Nicholas I’s daughters and personifying virtues.

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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 17 December 2018