Palace square is one of the most beautiful squares in the world. From one side it is bounded by the facade of the green, white and gold Winter Palace with its rococo profusion of columns, windows and recesses, from another one – by a semicircle classical building of the General Headquarters, decorated by the Triumphal Arch topped by the Chariot of the Victory – a monument to the Napoleonic War. The Alexander Column in the centre also commemorates the victory over Napoleon. The column got its name in honour of the emperor Alexander I, during whose reign the Napoleon war took place. The granite monolithic column weighs more than 600 thousand tons; contemplate that the pillar is held on its pedestal by gravity alone!