Sitting on a semicircular outlook in front of the Old Stock Exchange building (now the Central Naval Museum) on Vasilievski, Island, St. Petersburg, Russia are two beautiful Rostral Columns that served as ancient lighthouses. These were built in 1811 and believed designed by French Architect Thomas de Thomon. They sit at the East end of the island on the Neva River. The four pairs of ships prows depicted on each column are said to represent the four major Russian Rivers. Photos taken in June 2009.