Bridges, Saint Petersburg
The simple but beautiful Post Office Bridge (Potschtamski most) crosses the Moika Canal near the Yusupov Palace and Bolshaya Morskaya ulitsa.
The stay (steel chain) is buried in a core of mortar and stone beds are angled into the ground to bear the vertical load, making the design a product of function.
Fondest memory: One of the smaller pedestrian bridges, the Post Office Bridge is evidence of how many different sizes and types of bridges there are to see during your explorations of the city.
Originally, all of the bridges were made of wood. . .and were differentiated only by colour (red, blue and green bridges still exist now to honour their origins). . .the variety seems endless today.
Designed by Pyotr Klodt in 1839-41, the Anichkov Bridge (Anichkov most) is certainly one of the most famous in St. Petersburg.
Its equestrian statues were so popular they were hard to keep on hand through the years. . .originally, doubles were made of each statue, so that pairs would stand at each end of the bridge, but shortly after completion, Nicholas I sent two of the statues to Berlin as a present.
Two temporary statues were later replaced by metal sculptures, but those too were soon taken down and sent to the King of Naples. Ever hopefuly, Klodt created two new sculptures ~ a kneeling man and a youth under the hooves of a stallion. These would be paired with a young man leading a horse and another attempting to keep one under control.
Fondest memory: Located right in the centre of Nevsky Prospekt, this bridge is a link between the modernity of the city (the shops, the traffic, the people) and its history.
This is a very busy crossing, so if you stop to take photographs, keep an eye on your belongings.
Located near the Summer Gardens and Mikhailovsky Castle, the Panteleimon Bridge (Panteleymonsky most) was built in 1907 by the engineer Andrei Pchenitsky. Subtler in decoration than many of the other bridges, I had to admit I was initially drawn to visit it due to its threadbare association with one of my favourite books ~ The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.
Fondest memory: A very neat, but easily missed item, is a small metal statue of a bird located in the of the canal corners of the bridge. People were gathered around this corner, trying to land their spare change on the statue’s platform. Good luck and fortune await the lucky person who does. . .
I recall reading somewhere that St. Petersburg has almost as many bridges as there as days in the year. . .it certainly seems that with each turn in a street (or in a canal, once you are boat-bound), you encounter a new one.
Fondest memory: The effect all of these bridges on us was striking and it is a unique memory of the city ~ many of the bridges are decorated and touring them, by foot or by boat, is an event in itself.
There was restoration work of every kind going on during our visit ~ we could only assume it was in preparation for the 300th Anniversary celebrations (an ssumption that was confirmed in the English language weekly, St. Petersburg Times).
Fondest memory: While much of the restoration consisted only of a coat of paint, it was interesting to see how they protected the bridge workers and their newly gilded sections.
The 'Griffin Bridge' (Bankovskiy Most)
The 'Griffin Bridge' spans Kanal Griboedova just west of Nevskii Prospekt, in front of the Economics Department of Herzen University (located in the former Assignment Bank, a large yellow building). Some people believe that you can make a wish on the Griffin Bridge. Place a hand on the griffin's paw (or wing, some people say), make your wish, and cross the bridge. Maybe it's only folklore, but every wish I've made has come true...happy wishing!
ON THE FONTANKA RIVER, ONE OF THE FAMOUS LANDMARK OF THE CITY = THE HORSE TAMER .
DOMPTEUR DE CHEVAUX SUR LE PONT ANICHKOV.