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City photos The Palace Bridge
City photos The Palace Bridge
City photos The Palace Bridge
City photos The Palace Bridge
City photos The Palace Bridge
City photos The Palace Bridge
The Palace Bridge is a drawbridge across the Bolshaya Neva River in St. Petersburg, connecting the center of the Northern Capital to Vasilievsky Island. The bridge was named in honor of the Winter Palace of the Russian Emperors. It is located on the axis of the Palace Lane and Stock Exchange Square. Bridge length is 260.1 m, width — 27.8 m. The Palace Bridge Consists of five spans. In 1901, there was declared a competition for a project of the permanent Palace Bridge. In 1909, there was adopted a project by engineer A. Pshenitsky — a graduating student of the St. Petersburg Institute of Railway Engineers. Architectural design by order of the President of the Academy of Fine Arts was entrusted to architect R. Meltzer. Due to the outbreak of war in 1914, the construction of the bridge was delayed. The bridge was opened on December 23, 1916. The celebration was modest. Artistic decoration of the bridge was not completed. The construction of railings, lamps and pavilions of control was completed already in Soviet time. The cast iron grate of the railing, made by the sculptor I. Krestovsky by project of the architect L. Naskov, appeared only in 1939 (before the railings were made of wood). The bridge was overhauled in 1967, and in 1977 it was reconstructed by the project of engineers T. Ivanova, V. Botvinnik and architects Y. Sinitsa and M. Vinnichenko. In the course of this work, the movable part of the drawbridge was upgraded, the flooring was replaced, new lights were installed. In summer of 1997, there was held another reconstruction of the bridge. The work was done under direction of Y. Petrov. View of the Palace Bridge on the background of the spire of the Peter and Paul Fortress is the hallmark of St. Petersburg.

Excursions with The Palace 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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Do not miss your chance to get a first glance at the stronghold of Empire ambiance, the royal city of St. Peterburg. During our city tour you will have a look at its prominent sights and monuments, elegant ships cruising under massive brigdes of Neva

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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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One of the largest museums in the world, the State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the Neva River. It would take 15 years to see all the exhibits treasured in the Hermitage. We suggest you to admire the g

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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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