The city founder Peter the Great was actually against building bridges in St. Petersburg.
Last week, a new museum dedicated to the history of bridge construction was inaugurated in St. Petersburg.
There are operating models of St. Petersburg’s wooden and stone, road and rail bridges on display. Some of them were actually built, some remained projects, like the bridge designed by the Swiss engineer Aldon, which impresses specialists even now.
St. Petersburg nowadays is famous for its bridges, but, ironically, Peter the Great, the founder of the city, forbade building bridges in St. Petersburg as he wanted the residents to use boats.
Peter the Great modelled the new city against Amsterdam, which at that time did not have large bridges. The first large bridge across the Neva was built in in St. Petersburg in 1727, two years after the death of Peter the Great.
Photo: St. Petersburg TV channel