Thursday, 26 March 2015

Saint Petersburg of the early XX Century

The Nikolaevskaya embankment and Blagoveschensky Bridge
7 Jan 2015 | From Anastasia of Russia

The postcard shows an aold photograph of Saint Petersburg featuring the Nikolaevskaya embankment and Blagoveschensky Bridge. It connects to the Nikolaevskaya and English embankments on the Neva River close to the river mouth. The Blagoveschensky is the first permanent bridge built across the Neva River in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It connects Vasilievsky Island and the central part of the city. The bridge's length is 331 meters and the width was 24 meters. The original name of the bridge was Nevsky Bridge. It was later renamed Blagoveshchensky Bridge. After the death of Tsar Nicholas I, it was named Nikolaevsky Bridge in his honor, and in 1918 it was renamed for Lieutenant Schmidt.

Saint Petersburg, Russia's second largest city, was founded by Tsar Peter the Great on May 27 [O.S. 16] 1703. Often described as the most Westernized city of Russia, as well as its cultural capital, Saint Petersburg is a major European cultural center, and also an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea.

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