Annunciation Bridge

Благовещенский мост

Place: Connects Vasilyevsky Island with Admiralteysky Island. On the map

Construction time: 1843-1850

Designer: Stanisław Kierbedź

Name: It was called after the Annunciation Church, located on the bridgehead area,  demolished by the Bolsheviks in the XX c.

Interesting facts: Blagoveshchensky Bridge was the first permanent bridge across the Neva, i.e. half of its history Petersburg spent without a single constant bridge!  All the other city bridges were floating, and the citizen of the city had to pay for a pass. Floating bridges were installed only in summer. In winter period Neva was crossed over ice, by the way, nowadays it is strictly forbidden.

Legend: They say that Nicholas I recklessly promised to the creator of the bridge that for each constructed span he would receive the new rank. As a result, the project was quickly redesigned towards increasing the amount of spans up to eight. The architect began his work with the rank of engineer-captain and finished it as a full general.

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