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Vasilievsky Island

Address and phone: Birzhevaya Ploshchad, 4 (eastern end of Vasilievsky Island)

The arrow of Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg is one of the main and most beautiful ensembles of the Northern capital. From here, from the Exchange Square, there are two embankments - Universitetskaya and Makarova. This is one of the favorite places for Petersburgers and guests of the city. On both sides of the Exchange Square, two massive columns rise, serving as beacons at the entrance to the port. Their height is 32 meters. The columns are decorated with bow parts of ships - rostra and anchors. At the base are colossal figures, symbolizing the Russian rivers - the Volga, the Dnieper, the Volkhov and the Neva. According to legend, in ancient Rome, there was a custom in honor of sea victories to erect columns and decorate them with rostra, which steal enemy ships. Rostral columns - a symbol of the power of Russia as a sea power.
During the siege of Leningrad on the Spit of Vasilievsky Island there were anti-aircraft batteries.

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