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Anichkov Bridge - Saint Petersburg

 

 

 

 

Location: Nevsky Prospect

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Anichkov Bridge

 

The history of Anichkov Bridge starts in 1715 when Russian Emperor Peter the Great issued an order to construct a wooden bridge here. Soldiers and military engineers constructed it in a fairly short period of time under supervision of Lieutenant Colonel M.O. Anichkov, after whom the bridge got its name. It connected The Winter Palace with Alexander Nevsky Monastery and became an important artery for the developing ne Russian capital.

 

In the late 18th century the city grew and so did traffic. Old wooden Anichkov Bridge could not satisfy the needs of Saint Petersburg. So old structure was torn down and a new three span stone bridge was erected here. It had wooden drawbridge in the middle with chains and tower with lifting mechanisms. By the middle of the 19th century Anichkov Bridge got a new remodelling. In 1841 the old bridge was dismantled and in seven months a new was constructed here under supervision of architects A.D. Gotman and I.F. Buttau. It kept its three span design, got flat arches and iron railings with alternating pairs sculptures of sea horses and mermaids (design by Berlin architect Karl Schinkel). New Anichkov Bridge was made of brick and granite. However its most important new features were sculpture compositions of Peter Karlovich Klodt known as "The Taming of a horse". Original statues didn't stand here for long. Russian Emperor Nicholas I gave them as a present to Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm IV. They still stand in Berlin Kleist Park. In 1844 another set was given as a present to the King of the Two Sicilies for his hospitality during trip of Russian Empress to Italy. New set of statues was added and these still adore Anichkov Bridge on both side of the bridge.

 

 

 


 

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