Vasily Raev depicts the legendary storm that broke out over St Petersburg on the night of the grand opening on 30 August 1834. Vasily Zhukovsky wrote: "Night fell and the whole sky was covered with storm-clouds. Finally the storm broke. Lightning bolts struck in a thousand places, as if they stood above the town... All at once the massive column was shining clearly out of the darkness, throwing a momentary shadow over the surrounding illuminated square, before disappearing with it...".
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