|High over the arch of the General Staff Building in the Palace Square is the massive Chariot of Glory sculpture group advertising a Russian victory over Napoleon|
|Here you see the Greek temple like Stock Exchange and the imposing Rastral Columns|
If you stand at one of the columns and look over the river you see the Peter and Paul fortress and the golden spire of the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral.
The projections are called Rostra and represent the prows of enemy ships captured in the battle.
|Smile for the camera.|
|You need to buy at least one set of nesting dolls while in Russia.|
|The front columns of St. Isaacs|
|A striking building detail|
|Natural History Museum with the Neva River and a garden in the foreground|