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Bridges of Saint Petersburg - First Engineer Bridge

One of the small bridges of Saint Petersburg, the First Engineer Bridge is very impressive. Every detail of the bridge is a separate piece of art: Doric style facade, cast-iron arches, richly decorated by architect Sharlemani railings, magnificent floor lamps, designed as six spear-shaped figures, bounded with wreaths, topped with six-sided lanterns, inscribed plaques with grooves - all of them make the First Engineer bridge one of the most charming bridges in St. Petersburg.

The first wooden bridge crossed Moyka River on this site in 1780s and was named after the Summer Garden - Summer (Letniy) Bridge. In 1825-1828 the new cast-iron bridge replaced a small wooden passage. Mounted by the project of engineer P. Bazen, the new First Engineer Bridge, named after the Mikhailovsky (Engineer) Castle, was never repaired for the next 120 years. Only after the WWII the bridge was reconstructed due to the heavy damage, caused by the shelling. In 1954 the bridge got its modern look, when all the decorations were restored. Nowadays the First Engineer bridge, measuring 20,05 meters long and 9,5 meters wide,is considered to be one of the most decorative bridges of the Nothern Venice.

NB! You can see this bridge during the city tours or tours to Mikhailovsky (Engineer) Castle.

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