St. Petersburg is home to a singularly unique feat of architecture that is, perhaps, not rivaled anywhere else around the world. The city of St. Petersburg is composed of islands and connected by BRIDGES. Boasting over 300 bridges, St. Petersburg is rightfully called the Venice of the North or the City of Bridges. When taken as a whole, the bridges built here make up the spectacular sight commonly called the “standing bridges.”
These bridges make vehicular transport from one island to another possible. Without them, the city would be unable to transport goods from one side to the other, and the only modes of transport that would be available to travelers would be by metro or boat. The bridges are really a must-see feature of St. Petersburg. In the summer, they are usually raised throughout the night to allow ships to enter into St. Petersburg. These bridges are decorated with lights or statues, making it an amazing sight. Although they are a beautiful sight to be seen, they land lock the citizens of the islands throughout the night.
The most impressive bridges of St. Petersburg are: the Palace Bridge, Lomonosov Bridge, the Bank Bridge, and the Anichkov Bridge. These bridges are vital to the city and its history. They reflect the changes over time in the city, are a testament its history, and provide great spectacles for everyone to see during the winter and summer. The residents of Vasilievskiy Island are especially landlocked during the night. There are several bridges that connect their island to the main part of the city, but all of them are usually raised during the night.
The PALACE BRIDGE is perhaps the most famous in St. Petersburg. It is iconic in its raised position during the nights, and one can find the image all around the city on souvenirs. All around this bridge, one can see the great architecture that surrounds the Neva River. It is perhaps the one bridge in all of St. Petersburg that you must see before leaving.
The Lomonosov Bridge is another great bridge to see. This strong stone bridge is one of the few that has withstood the test of time since its creation. The Lomonosov is well known for its great architecture.
The Bank Bridge is generally used for pedestrians. It can be found close to Nevskiy Prospect, and its best-known feature is without doubt the golden-winged griffons that stand at the end of the bridge. To get to this bridge, one must travel past the Kazan Cathedral and stand across the Griboedov Canal. It is a huge tourist destination for good reason. The griffons are a symbol of the city’s European aspects, and make for a great photo for anyone.
The Anichkov Bridge is on Nevskiy Prospect. The bridge itself is one of the oldest in the city. It can be distinguished from other bridges for its four horsemen on each end of the bridge. Although this bridge is not a drawbridge, it is a great site and one can take several great photos of the Fontanka River embanked by the city’s great, colorful architecture.
Although these may be considered the most prominent, there are certainly other unique bridges in St Petersburg. The Trinity Bridge, for one, has a unique vantage point in the city. From this bridge, you can see seven other bridges. But from the Kashinov Bridge, you can see nine bridges in a row, which makes for a great display in the spring, as all the bridges during the evening are lit up and are raised for the incoming boats into St. Petersburg.
There is so much to see in St. Petersburg itself, but if one has a chance, these bridges of the city are a sight to see. These bridges add just a little more excitement to the aura of the city, and reflect the history of the city itself. One will never be disappointed when viewing these bridges, unless one is driving a car in the evening, and has to wait for the bridge to go down.