Anichkov Bridge, St. Petersburg

Anichkov Bridge, St. Petersburg (must see)

The Anichkov Bridge is a prominent and well-known overpass that graces the Fontanka River in St. Petersburg. The bridge is located on the Nevsky Prospekt and is surrounded by beautiful palaces. Well-known authors Pushkin, Gogol, and Dostoevsky referred to this structure in their writings.

A stunningly simplistic design, the pink granite bridge features three arched spans and cast iron railings that are decorated with mermaid and seahorse decorations. Anichkov Bridge was constructed from 1715 to 1716 by order of Peter the Great. The original bridge was wooden and designed by Domenico Trezzini. In 1841, the original bridge was replaced with a stone bridge to meet the demands of traffic.

One of the most stunning elements is the Four Horseman bronze sculptures that were designed by Baron Peter Klodt von Urgensburg and installed at each end of the bridge in 1851. The sculptures illustrate the four stages of horse training (taming, starting, foundation training, and sports training). The statues were so popular that they were replicated many times and were also sent to Prussian King Frederick William IV as a present by Peter the Great. During World War II, the statues were buried in the Anichkov Palace garden to prevent the damage that occurred to the bridge.

Why You Should Visit:
Nice sculptures and full atmosphere of Nevsky Prospekt. The palaces facing the bridge are splendid. Also, you can schedule a boat trip from this bridge (no need to go to Neva river).
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Anichkov Bridge on Map

Sight Name: Anichkov Bridge
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Nevsky Prospekt Walking Tour  

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