Muchnoy Bridge

Muchnoy Bridge over the Griboedov Canal in St Petersburg, Russia
Muchnoy Bridge over the Griboedov Canal

This slender, eleganr pedestrian bridge crosses the Griboedov Canal in a picturesque corner of central St. Petersburg near the Apraksin Dvor market. The name comes from the flour - "muka" in Russian - warehouses that stood nearby in the 18th century. The first bridge was built here in 1931, a three-span wooden bridge designed to bear heating pipes. Twenty years later, it was replaced with the current humpbacked single-span steel bridge, which is light enough to rest on the embankments without extra reinforcement.