Bridges, Saint Petersburg
Bankovsky Bridge or Banking Bridge over Griboyedov Canal is situated between houses 27 and 30 on Embankment of Griboyedov Canal near the University of Finance. Construction of that pedestrian bridge started in 1825 during the reign of Emperor Alexander I of All Russian, Czar of Poland and Grand Duke of Finland. Project was created by two engineers V.K. Tretter and V.A. Christianovich. Assignation Bank was situated near the bridge at that time and that was the reason why new bridge got such name. Bridge decorated with for figures of gryphons created by sculptor P.P. Sokolov.
Address: Embankment of Griboyedov Canal 27, St. Petersburg
This is the pavilion of operating the drawing gear of Ekateringofsky draw-bridge. It was built in 1910-1917, 1950 – 1953 by the architects A. Pshenitsky, D. Akimov-Perets. The length of the bridge is 66,8 m, the width 23,3 m. It’s situated between Rizhsky prospect and Gapsal’skaya Ul. From 1911 till 1930 the bridge had a name of Rizhsky. It’s the only one-span bridge. The pavilion is decorated as a granite tower. The bridge is built over the Ekateringofka river. The nearest metro station Narvskaya is as far as about 1,463m.
Address: 53 Rizhsky pr
Directions: Obvodny channel embankment is not far away
Este puente sobre el río Fontaka marcaba el límite entre la ciudad moderna y la más clásica y monumental
En él se ven cuatro domadores con sus caballos , que representa la lucha del hombre con la naturaleza.
Cuenta la leyenda que las estatuas diseñadas por Peter Klodt y las esculturas originales , fueron regaladas por el zar al Rey de Prusia y a Nápoles por la hospitalidad durante su visita . Dos de los caballos se enviaron sin lengua , lo que le costó la vida al escultor
También se dice que Klodt esculpió la cara de sus enemigos debajo de las colas de los caballos
No dejar de ver el palacio Beloselski que está en uno de los extremos del puente , que es un edificio neo-barroco de color rosa que está decorado con columnas corintias y balcones con atlantes
This bridge over the river Fontaka marked the boundary between the modern and the most classical and monumental part of Saint Petersburg
There are four trainers with their horses, representing the man's struggle with nature.
Lore says that the original statues designed by Peter Klodt were donated by the Czar to the King of Prussia and to Naples for their hospitality during his visit. Two of the horses were sent without tongue , which cost the life of the sculptor
They say that Klodt carved the face of their enemies under the tails of the horses
Do not miss the palace Beloselski that is at one end of the bridge, which is a neo-baroque pink building which is decorated with Corinthian columns and balconies with Atlantis
No hay más que ver en un mapa de San Petersburgo el rio Neva y todos sus canales para comprender la importancia de los 340 puentes
En invierno los canales se llegan a helar , pero al llegar la primavera y el deshielo , se alargan los días y llega lo que en San Petersburgo llaman las Noches Blancas , cuando nunca oscurece y aprovechan para celebrarlo , abrir los puentes levadizos de madrugada y pasear por los canales ( Ojo!!! Estudiar el itinerario pues puedes encontrar algún puente cerrado y hay que esperar a que lo cierren )
Hay todo tipo de puentes , decorados , levadizos , rústicos , muy grandes , pequeños ... por citar alguno :
El de Pikalov desde el que se contempla el canal con siete puentes y al final se ve la catedral de San Nicolás
El puente de los Leones , el Egipcio , el del Teniente Schmidt con sus barandillas de caballitos de mar , los que cruzan el canal de invierno
If you take a map of St. Petersburg you will see the Neva River and all its channels and then you will understand the importance of the 340 bridges
In winter the channels reach freezing, but when spring arrives , the ice melts down , the daylight is longer e so it arrives in St. Petersburg called the White Nights, when it never gets dark and it is a chance for celebration , drawbridges open at dawn and and you may walk in the city crossing the channels (NOTE: Attention ! Study your itinerary because you can find an opened bridge and you must wait to the time they close it)
There are all kinds of bridges, scenery, drawbridges, rustic, very large, small ... to name some:
The of Pikalov from which you may see seven bridges and eventually the Cathedral of St. Nicholas
The Bridge of Lions, the Egyptian, the Lieutenant Schmidt with seahorse railings, the the bridges that cross the winter channel
It was a pity the water was a little rough, as I have seen lovely reflection photos of the Lomonosov Bridge.
The Bridge, designed by a frenchman, is one of 7 bascule bridges built across the Fontanka River in the 1780s.
It has two arched stone side spans, and a short central span with four towers. The bridge was renovated and restored in 1912, and four obelisks with six-sided lamps were added to the bridge's piers. Since then it has remained unaltered.
Continuing on our Canal cruise, we came across the Anichkov Bridge which carries the traffic along Nevsky Prospekt and across the Fontanka River.
The Bridge dates to 1842, and has four impressive Horse statues in each corner. They are known as the "Horse Tamers," and are the most striking decorations on Anichkov Bridge. This is what I liked the most about the Bridge. The Horse sculptures at the western end were erected in 1850. During the Siege of Leningrad, the sculptures were removed and buried in the grounds of the Anichkov Palace, as a result, they survived the war and the Bridge didn't!.
Other points of interest are the ornate symmetrical designs featuring mermaids and seahorses.
Cruising along the River we pass by many more spectacular buildings!
From the Summer Palace we see another building that is in the Summer Palace gardens, plus a beautiful building built in Art Nouveau style with many statues and painted a pretty lemon & white. I can't remember what these buildings were, but they were attractive and before we reached the Panteleimonovsky Bridge.
The Bridge is named after the nearby Church of St. Panteleimon. A wooden aqueduct carrying water to the Summer Garden fountains was built here in the 1720s, and was replaced in 1824 with an elegant chain bridge.
This was removed and replaced with the current single-span ornate arched steel bridge, complete with gilt-laden lamps, railings and cladding.
Moving along the River, it wasn't long before we came to another Bridge, this one the Prachechny Bridge, one of the oldest and most beautiful stone bridges in St. Petersburg
The Prachechny Bridge crosses the Fontanka River at the point where it runs out of the Neva, next to Peter the Great's summer palace. Dating back to 1769, this granite three-span hump-backed structure has beautiful curving parapets.
The name means "Laundry Bridge," which refers to the palace laundries, which were once located nearby.
As you can imagine, when doing a Canal & River tour in a ' water' city, we passed under many Bridges, a lot of them famous.
We crossed under a lovely Art Nouveau Bridge near the Peter and Paul Fortress.
Known as Trinity Bridge, it's one of St. Petersburg's most famous bascule bridges. It was opened in 1903, as part of the city's 200th anniversary.
The central section of the bridge features six cast-iron spans.
Lions bridge first opened in 1826. It's suspension is by 4 cables coming from the mouths of the cast-iron lions. They wer sculpted by P. Sokolov who also made the griffins for the Bank Bridge and sphinxes on the Egyptian Bridge.
Go along the Canal Griboedova to the Marinskiy theatre and in 10 min walk from Sennya square you will find these very nice white lions.
Address: along the canal Griboedova
Directions: to the left from Sennaya ploschad along the canal Griboedova
St. Petersburg has no lack of canals and brigdes - so the comparison with Venice is just. Just following along the many channels beside the Nevsky Prospect you will see many often richly-decorated bridges. The bridge in the photo is the Lion Bridge.
Address: St. Petersburg
Directions: St. Petersburg
Anichkov Bridge was the first bridge to be built on the Fontanka Canal; you'll recognise it easily because of the four horse sculptures. It was originally made of wood and was designed by... Anichkov, Peter the Great's chief engineer.
Of the old bridge only the name is left - and the one we see today is the third version of it, and it is now a draw-bridge.
Address: Anichkov Most
Directions: on the fontanka canal - nievskji prospekt
Lomonosov Bridge is not large but for sure it is picturesque with its four granite towers topped with cupolas, round ball-like golden urns and metal railings.
originally it was called Chernishev Bridge after General Chernishev, but now it has assumed a better (and more neutral) name, no longer linked with the communist regime. Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov is in fact aRussian poet, scientist, and grammarian who is considered to be the first great Russian linguistic reformer.
Address: Lomonosov Most
Directions: in the centre, on the fontanka canal
The Bank Bridge is the narrowest bridge in the city at 1.85m wide. We stumbled across it, just off the main drag, not realising its importance, but impressed just the same.
It is so named due to a nearby building that use to house the state bank. The 4 winged lions that hold the bridge up are representations of mythical creatures who are said to be guardians of treasure.
Spanning the Griboedova Canal, this pedestrian bridge with its cast iron fencing is worth a look and some pics.
Address: Griboedova Canal, not far from Nevsky Prospekt
Directions: Nearest metro: Nevsky Prospekt or Gostiny Dvor
The Lviny Most (Lions Bridge) is an attractive suspension bridge located on a quiet bend of the Griboyedov Canal.
This small footbridge is guarded by 4 gleaming white lions, which cleverly conceal the bridge supports.
About a ten minute walk along the canal from Sennaya Ploshchad, this is a great part of town for a leisurely stroll.
The bridge is rumoured to be a favourite rendezvous for lovers.
Directions: Nearest Metro: Sennaya Ploshchad/Sadovaya