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Name: Rostral Columns  

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St. Petersburg, , Russian Federation

Location: Spit on east side of Vasilievsky Island (St. Basil Island), Neva Delta.

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In the 19th century lights on these two columns served as aids to navigation to guide vessels in the Neva River. Today they are lit with gas lights for special occasions. The style of the columns comes from ancient Greece and Rome where rostral columns were erected to commemorate naval victories. The shafts of the columns were adorned with "rostra" or prows of captured ships. At the feet of these columns are stone figures personifying the rivers Volga, Neva and Volkhov.

Tower Height: 105

Description of Tower: Stone columns with copper rostra.

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Date Established: 1811

Date Present Tower Built: 1811

Current Use: Historic landmarks.

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