TRIP The Narva Triumphal Arch is a monumental arch located in the city of Saint Petersburg. The arch’s unique, green colour allows it to stand out amongst the many triumphal arch’s that are found across Europe.
TAP Originally built in 1814 to commemorate the Russian victory over Napoleon, the arch is still one Saint Petersburg’s top sights – a city that has no shortage of interesting attractions. Built in a style that resembles the triumphal arches of ancient Rome, the arch was built in response to the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris (not to be confused with the larger Arc de Triomphe).
The arch is emblazoned with a number of sculptures featuring figures from Greek mythology and important figures from Russian military history. The distinctive green colour, the arch is known for, is the result of the oxidation of the copper sheets which cover the arch’s brick façade. Whilst the Arch’s original purpose was to welcome soldiers returning home from war, the arch now welcomes visitors from all over the world.
GO Visiting the Narva Triumphal Arch is free. The arch is easily accessible via the Saint Petersburg metro (Narvskaya station). Be sure to use the underground tunnel located outside the station to get across the busy Prospekt Stachek highway. Head over to Saint Petersburg metro’s official website for timetables, route maps and other useful information.