On Vasilievsky Island: Around Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya

Rostral Columns on the Strelka

Rostral Columns on the Strelka (August 2010)

The eastern tip of Vasilievsky Island is known as the strelka which literally means 'arrow'.  The strelka's two 32 metre rostral columns are now symbols of the city and feature on the RUB 50 note. They were erected in 1815 and were used as lighthouses up until 1885. There are two statues of figures at the base of each column which are personifications of Russian Rivers.  The northern column has the Volga and the Dnieper and the southern column has the Volkhov and the Neva.  The strelka is a favourite place for newlyweds to come to have photos taken.


Location Birzhevaya Ploschad
Metro Admiralteyskaya, Sportivnaya, Vasileostrovskaya