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City photos Anichkov Bridge
City photos Anichkov Bridge
City photos Anichkov Bridge
The Anichkov Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in St. Petersburg. The Anichkov Bridge over the Fontanka River is a part of Nevsky Prospekt. The first wooden bridge was built  under decree of Peter I in 1715. Then it became a border for the city. The river crossing was named after M.O. Anichkov, the commander of the Admiralty Construction Battalion that built this bridge. The length of the river crossing was 150 meters, dammed up not only the Fontanka River, but the swampy floodplain of the river. Here was the gate and the entrance to St. Petersburg. At the border passports were checked and entrance fee was taken. Moreover, the fee could be not only money but also the stones that the city needed to pave the streets. In the late 18th century the construction of stone embankments and stone bridges began on the banks of the Fontanka River. The first seven stone bridges over the Fontanka River, among which was the Anichkov Bridge, were built by the same standard project. All the bridges were three-span drawbridges with small and elegant towers as decorations. About a hundred years later, traffic in the city, especially on Nevsky Prospekt, has become very intense, streets markedly widened, and narrow drawbridges had to be rebuilt to make them easier to pass. The reconstruction of the Anichkov Bridge was managed by engineer Von Derschau. The bridge was expanded up to 37 meters. The main feature of the Anichkov Bridge is the four sculptural groups «Horse Tamers» by P. Klodt, placed at four corners of the bridge in the middle of the 19th century. Citizens of St. Petersburg can not Imagine the Anichkov Bridge without these sculptures, which became the symbols of Nevsky Prospect long ago.

Excursions with Anichkov Bridge

Saint-Petersburg is often referred to as Venice of the North. Like the Italian city, the Northern capital of Russia boasts wondrous architecture, splendid museums and vibrant lifestyle. Born from the sea foam and specifically designed as a gateway of

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Get a glimpse of what St. Petersburg looked like more than 300 years ago during our 4-hour city tour with a visit to Peter and Paul’s fortress. Our City Tour provides a unique opportunity to get familiar with one of the most beautiful cities in Euro

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Explore one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and visit one of its most picturesque sights. You’ll see magnificent Nevsky Prospect, beautiful views of rivers, channels and bridges of “Venice of the North”, marvelous cathedrals, splendid palaces of t

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A relatively young city, St. Petersburg was founded in 1703, and has been playing key role in the history of Russia ever since. Our sightseeing tour will acquaint you with the main architectural and historical monuments of Saint Petersburg. You will

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St. Petersburg occupies the first place in Russia and one of the leading places in the world for the number of bridges. The elegance of the draw bridges can be compared only to the beauty of the city architectural ensembles. The bridges of St. Peter

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Take the mind-blowing night river tour of St. Petersburg, and you may tell everyone back home you’ve seen all in life! The most picturesque time for such a trip is, of course, the white nights when evening dusk fuses with the morning twilight, and th

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Even though Saint Petersburg becomes the most popular touristic attration in summer time, there are plenty of winter activities as well! You will have an unforgettable experience during your stay in Christmas and New Year holidays: light of the night

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