The Lion Bridge in St. Petersburg
Mysterious St. Petersburg, whose architecturestrikes the imagination of tourists, gives local residents many reasons for pride. Northern Venice with a great culture fascinates with special beauty and plunges into the past, causing a variety of emotions. To find out more about the atmospheric and mysterious city, visitors come here, who take breath away from the seen spectacle. Forever falling in love with St. Petersburg attracts with something incomparable energy, powerful and unforgettable.
One of the three "bestial" bridges
Visiting card of the cultural capital of Russiaare bridging history bridges created by talented craftsmen. Among the huge number of city crossings on the Neva are the so-called animal beasts. These are the most interesting constructions, built and decorated by famous authors P. Sokolov and V. Tretter.
One of the most interesting pedestrian constructionsrecognized "Lion Bridge" in St. Petersburg, which is the main attraction of the historic city. The architectural monument is almost 28 meters long and is always full of tourists, who take pictures with pleasure in a suspended structure decorated with powerful figures of snow-white lions.
Chain "Lion Bridge" in the area of the Griboedov CanalIt opened on the first of July 1826. On this day, almost three thousand local residents passed through it, attracted by a unique appearance of the structure, on both sides of which towered two-meter animal sculptures. Lviv was made at the iron foundry of the city and painted under marble.
After its opening, the localthe attraction began to gain popularity not only in St. Petersburg, but also abroad. The famous architect from Germany Hesse, delighted with the original bridge, set out to recreate his small copy, which was later installed in the Berlin park Tiergarten. True, the span structure and railings were made of wood.
Terrible animals, according to the idea of the authors, serve notonly the main decoration of the majestic structure: inside the hollow sculptures there are various mechanisms and fastenings on which the "Lion Bridge" is based. The original figures, consisting of two halves, were cast from cast iron. On their backs and chest, even with the naked eye, you can consider the joint seam.
The townspeople were amazed at the discrepancy between the monumentalfigures with an elegant structure, decorated with a delicate grille, which gave the structure lightness. Unfortunately, in the XIX century it was replaced by an ordinary iron fence. The hexagonal lanterns that illuminated the "Lion's Bridge" were removed, and the animal's figures changed a light tint to a dark one. Only in 1954 the building was rebuilt, returning the missing parts of the structure. And after 56 years, the sculptures were repainted in the original color.
Signs associated with the bridge
With the oldest bridge is connected and several cityof legends. One of them says that a person who will stand between the lions and reach the figures with fingertips will be happy, and his cherished desire will come true. Two centuries ago, when there was no ultrasound, there was a sign that allowed to determine the sex of the baby: the expectant mother got up on the "Lion Bridge" and waited for who would rise first on him - a man or a woman. Most often the prediction was coming true. Tourists passing through the historical monument, necessarily make a wish and tinder the muscular animal paws.
Where is one of the main attractions of North Palmyra?
In ten minutes walk from St. Isaac's Squareis located the popular "Lion Bridge" in St. Petersburg, whose address: embankment of the Griboedov Canal, house 97. The nearest metro stations are "Spasskaya", "Sennaya Ploshchad", "Sadovaya". From them, tourists will not have much trouble getting to the local attractions.
Lion Bridge Hotel
Close to a curious tourist attractionlocated a mini-hotel, located 10 minutes walk from the metro station "Sadovaya". "Lion Bridge" offers comfortable accommodation in stylish rooms of the category "standard" and "economy", equipped with everything necessary for living.
Tourists adore strolling along the originalThe building, which looks incredibly beautiful in the moonlight. Snow-white figures of lions look amazingly at night, when their silhouettes are shaking in the dark surface of Griboedov's canal. Tired guests of St. Petersburg return to the cozy mini-hotel to relax, and with new strength to go on a tour of the city on the Neva, full of secrets and mysteries.