18 Three Beautiful Drawbridges of St. Petersburg

Three Beautiful Drawbridges of St. Petersburg

Posted on May 7, 2011 by team

As you probably know, St. Petersburg is famous for its beautiful drawbridges across the Neva river. Thousands of tourists come to see them annually. But we doubt that any of them knows how they are drawn and who does this work. Today you have a lucky chance not only to admire the beauty of some bridges but also watch the complicated process of their being raised.

1. Blagoveshchensk Bridge

It is the first permanent bridge across the Neva. Its length is 331 m, width – 37 m, staff – 9 people. It was opened in 1850 but drawn for the first time after the reconstruction only in 2011.

Preparations for its drawing.


The Senior Bridge Engineer has already been working here for 27 years.

Let’s go down to the engine room.

All is clean and shining.

Various sensors and pumps for drawing.


“Pumping station”.

Nothing is functioning yet.

Underneath the wing of the bridge.

It’s the middle of March and the river is still icy.

The main control post.

The last preparations.

And start!

In an emergency, if something goes wrong, one can push a red button. There are quite a lot of such buttons on the territory of the bridge. Each mechanic in each compartment monitors his own area.

Monitoring the pressure in the hydraulic cylinders.

The bridge is finally drawn.

One part is already lowered.

The assistant of the Senior Engineer experienced 18 navigations on the bridge.

And this is some sort of a talisman of the bridge.

The main clock.

Marker lights. Left bank. Right bank.

Watching the situation.

The logbook of the bridge.

Location: Blagoveshchensk Bridge, St. Petersburg

2. Alexander Nevsky Bridge

It is one the longest bridges of the city and the longest drawbridge across the Neva. It was opened in 1965, the length is 629 m, width – 35 m, staff – 14 people.

Inside the bridge on the embankment. One of its workers playing Solitaire.

The assistant of the Senior Engineer.

The keys of the main doors…


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18 Responses to “Three Beautiful Drawbridges of St. Petersburg”

  1. L.S.Zlatopolsky says:

    To say: Let’s build bridges, not walls.

  2. SSSR says:


    that is a old reciever on the desk!

  3. Chris says:


  4. Boritz says:

    It is encouraging to see that senior bridge engineer plays with toy army tanks while minding the bridge.

  5. daniel says:

    If I had designed this I’d only have 2 buttons. Up and Down.

  6. Musa Hari says:

    What no photo or video of artistic embellishment of drawbridge? Too bad, that was fantastic!

  7. Ioann says:

    Actually I knew about the famous canals, but I had no idea about the drawbridges. Go figure.

  8. Musa Hari says:

    :P @ moderator

  9. Musa Hari says:

    Why you won’t let me see the new posts?

  10. Musa Hari says:

    Post my good comments too damnit!

  11. Musa Hari says:

    M.o.d.e.r.a.t.o.r. = D.e.v.i.l.

  12. w says:

    Must be an easy job in winter…

  13. Matlok says:

    I want that clock!!!

  14. testicules says:

    Ooooooooooh! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

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