Tsarist Symbol Returns To Winter Palace

My friends, this story makes me so happy. You probably know by now that I am an ardent admirer of all things imperial Russia, so the news that the double-headed eagle that used to grace the tower at the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, warms my heart.

A golden double headed eagle, a symbol of Tsarist Russia will be installed on top of the Telegraph Tower of the Winter Palace later this week in St. Petersburg.

The three-sided sculpture, cast in bronze by Russian experts, is gilded with gold leaf, is more than 2.5 m high, 2 m wide, and weighs 600 kg. The recreation of the sculpture took seven months to complete.

The double-headed eagle was removed from the Telegraph Tower of the Winter Palace in 1930, after which the original sculpture disappeared.

One of the symbols of state power of the Russian Empire, it was decided to recreate the sculpture for the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum, which is celebrated at the end of the year.

And since a picture’s worth a thousand words, here’s a photo of the emblem in question:

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