Sampsonievsky Bridge

Night view of Sampsonievskiy Bridge in St Petersburg, Russia
Night view of Sampsonievskiy Bridge

Crossing the Bolshaya Nevka River next to the Cruiser Aurora, the Sampsonievsky Bridge is a 212-meter, seven-span bascule bridge that dates in its current form from 1958. The original pontoon Grenadiers Bridge near this site until 1847, and wooden bridges were built and rebuilt on the site throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. The current structure, fully renovated in 2000, consists of steel spans resting on granite-faced reinforced-concrete piers. The name refers to a nearby cathedral, and the bridge was known as Freedom Bridge under communism.