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April 2, 2002
The focus and the center of the square is where one of the most symbolic monuments in St. Petersburg stands. The Bronze Horseman stands tall looking out towards the Neva River. It was a tribute to Peter the Great from Catharine the Great. You will notice on the side of the statue you see both their names.
I actually came to this spot several times. The final time I viewed it there was a wedding party drinking champagne and taking pictures around the monument. When they left, they simply left the bottles sitting along the area. Then I learned that what I was seeing was actually a tradition. Newly married couples come to this spot for photos and good times. "Cool", I got to see another Russian tradition practiced and not just simply read about. The might and grandeur Peter and his horse display is spectacular. When you come across this monument there will be no doubt in your mind, you are definitely in St. Petersburg.
The Admiralty served as thethe administrative headquarters of the Russian Navy. At the top of the large sprire is a boat that serves as a wind vane.
From the square you can easily see St.Isaac Cathedral. This Cathedral actually connects Decembrist Square and St. Isaac Square, which is located very close by.
From journal The Mysterious Land of Russia: St. Petersburg
July 22, 2000
From journal Culture and Art tour of St. Petersburg