43. First Garden Bridge across the Moyka River 9.21.2014

First Sadovy Bridge across the Moyka River 9.21.2014

From Saint Petersburg encyclopedia:
The First Garden Bridge (First Sadovy, 1-й Садовый мост) crosses the Moyka River at the Summer Garden on Sadovaya Street. In the early 19th century it was called the Second Tsaritsynsky Bridge, after the Tsaritsyn Medow. It was alson called Mikhailovsky bridge, after Mikhailovsky Castle. A wooden bridge on this site was shown on the map of 1716. In the early 19th century a new nogging bridge on stone foundations was constructed. In 1835-36, a stone bridge was built, which featured a bow-shaped flat brick arch with spacing rows of limestone plates and granite arches for the facades (by engineer P.P. Bazen, A.D. Gotman, and I.F. Buttatz). In 1906-07, the vault was replaced with iron double-hinged arches with a through spandrel (engineer thought to be A.P. Pshenitsky, architect L.A. Ilyin). In 1910 and 1913, cast-iron railings and standard lamps, with pike designs (following the type of the standard lamps of the Suvorovsky Pontoon Bridge) were installed. In 1951 and 1969, the architectural decor was restored with minor alterations. In 2002, the bridge was overhauled (engineers T.Y. Kuznetsova, Y.B. Devichinsky), and its decor was restored. It is 33.8 metres long and 20.4 metres wide.

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