Italian bridge in Saint Petersburg

The Italian Bridge is one of the bridges in St. Petersburg.

The Italian Bridge is pedestrian.

The bridge runs in the center of St. Petersburg through the Griboyedov Canal, is a continuation of the Italian Street and connects the Spassky and Kazan Islands.

The bridge was created when in 1896 the railway engineer Leonid Kolpitsyn proposed to build a pedestrian bridge over the Catherine Canal (now the Griboyedov Canal) in the alignment of the Italian Street. This proposal did not find support from the city authorities, and Kolpitsyn built a crossing at his own expense - a single-span swing bridge, the grand opening of which took place on October 6, 1896.

Subsequently, the bridge was reconstructed and rebuilt according to the project of engineer K. V. Efimiev.

The Italian bridge, which can be seen today, was built in 1955 by the project of the institute "Lengiproinzhproekt". The authors of the bridge were engineer A.D. Gutzeit and architect V. S. Vasilkovsky.

Today, the bridge, as many years ago, is completely pedestrian and single-span. It has a length of 22.5 meters along the rear edges of the abutments and a width of 3 meters.

The span structure of the bridge crossing is metal girder. The abutments of the bridge are the walls of the embankment of the Griboyedov Canal. From above, the superstructure is covered with reinforced concrete slabs.

On both sides of the bridge, floor lamps with antique octagonal cast-iron lanterns are installed on four pillars. The facades and bases of the floor lamps are decorated with cast-iron reliefs.

The Italian bridge is decorated according to drawings depicting the St. Petersburg crossings of the classicism era. Cast-iron railings of artistic casting are completed on the abutments with granite pedestals.

Near the bridge there is a nameplate - "Italian Bridge".

From the Italian Bridge, you can enjoy beautiful views of historical St. Petersburg - on the Griboyedov Canal itself and the canal embankment, including: the Church of the Resurrection of Christ (Spas-on-Blood), Novo-Konyushenny Bridge, house of the JesuitOrder, Benoit building (Russian Museum), Engelhardt House, Nevsky Prospekt, Singer House (now the House of Books) and other historical buildings, lined up in dense rows along the Griboyedov Canal.

Practical information

The Italian Bridge is publicly accessible. Open 24 hours a day.

Coordinates of the Italian Bridge: 59°56'14" N 30°19'37" E (59.937222, 30.326944).

Nearest metro stations: "Nevsky Prospekt", "Gostiny Dvor", and "Admiralteiskaya".

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