Hermitage Bridge

  • Hermitage Bridge and the Winter Channel at sunset in St Petersburg, Russia
    Hermitage Bridge and the Winter Channel at sunset
  • Hermitage Bridge in Saint-Petersburg, Russia seen from theNeva River
    Hermitage Bridge seen from the Neva River

This stone bridge across the tiny Winter Channel, which flows into the Neva River right next to the Winter Palace, was built along with the Neva's granite embankments in 1763-66, making it the oldest stone bridge in the city. Originally, the bridge was constructed from brick and limestone resting on rubble abutments with granite facing. The structure of the bridge was replaced with reinforced concrete in 1934, but the bridge's granite exterior was preserved, and further restored in 1950.

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