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Palace Bridge, St. Petersburg
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Walk across Palace Bridge, built after Emperor Nicholas I lifted Peter the Great's prohibition to construct bridges across the river. It was designed to provide an unobstructed view of the city. Composed of five cast iron spans, the 260 m (853 ft) bridge has a history dating back to a 1901 design competition. Deliberations lasted for eight years, after which the current design was chosen, although the bridge wasn't unveiled until 1916 because of the delays caused by the onset of World War I. The bridge is raised at night, making it difficult to get across the city, so be sure to be on the correct side of the river before it goes up. Watching the raising of the bridge can be quite a sight--stand on the shore or take a water tour to observe it from a closer distance. For Palace Bridge and beyond, use our St. Petersburg travel itinerary planner to get the most from your St. Petersburg vacation.
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  • Palace Bridge is a road and foot traffic bridge that spans the Neva River between Palace Square and Vasilievsky Island where my hotel was located. Like most other Neva bridges, it is drawn at night, m...  more »
  • Visit both day and night, it is a must that you should not miss, becomes very easy walking, next to the Hermitage Museum.
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  • Must see divorce now bridge and classical music. Romance of the white nights and the charm of scarlet sails.
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