Colored bridges

Red, Blue, Green and Yellow bridges

Saint Petersburg is a city of bridges the differ in their beautiful looks and interesting names. However, there are several crossings in the city that looked quite similar. In order to differentiate them, in 1730s it was suggested to paint the bridges, in particular, their bottom “water” side and railings, in different colors. Thereby, they got the names of their colors and generally called the colored bridges.

Blue bridge

One of the most unusual bridges of Saint Petersburg is a so-called “invisible bridge”. Being very wide, it is often not noticed and taken as a part of St Isaac’s Square. In the beginning of the 18th century the bridge was made of wood and was a drawbridge.

These days the Blue bridge is 97,3 m wide and located close to such attractions as St Isaac’s Cathedral and Mariinsky Palace. There is a saying that two Emperors turned their backs upon the Blue bridge. There is that the Bronze Horseman and the monument to Nicholas I are turned away from the crossing.

Green bridge

Over the years from 1768 to 1918 it was called the Politseisky (Police) bridge, since it’s located close to the city police department. That was the first cast-iron crossing in Saint Petersburg. The Green bridge crosses Nevsky Prospekt. It is situated close to the Razumovsky Palace.

In October 1918, the bridge was called Narodny (People’s), and only in 1998 it got its historical name back.

 

Red bridge

It is the only cast-iron bridge among the colored bridges across the Moyka river that kept its historical look, projected by the architect William Geste. Until 1778 the Red bridge was actually the White one.

The bridge is located on the border of Central and Admiralty regions of Saint Petersburg. It is easy to recognize the location by a close-by Au Pont Rouge shopping mall. By the way, during the renovation process in 1954 the cast-iron railing was chosen to a steel one, but the general look of the bridge stayed the same.

 

Yellow bridge

Nowadays the bridge is not colored yellow. Instead it is called the Pevchesky (Singing) bridge, thanks to its location. The bridge is a part of the Palace Square and it is situated close to the Apartment-Museum of Alexander Pushkin. Initially, the bridge was built to enable the passage of troops in honor of the opening of Alexander Column.

The bridge is 24 m long and 71 m wide, which makes it the third widest bridge in the city.

All the colored bridge are a part of the cultural heritage. In fact, they are not typical anymore, but still save their historical names and colors.


Schedule

Open all year round


Public Transport

Address (Blue bridge)
Blue bridge
Metro / Subway
Spasskaya, Sadovaya
Buses

Isaac's Square

10, 71
Marshrutkas
Isaac's SquareK-169, K-252

 

Address (Red bridge)
Red bridge
Metro / Subway
Admiralteyskaya
Trolleys

Bolshaya Morskaya Street

17
Marshrutkas
Bolshaya Morskaya StreetK-306

 

Address (Green bridge)
Green bridge
Metro / Subway
Admiralteyskaya
Buses

Bolshaya Konushennaya Street

3, 7, 22, 24, 27, 191
Trolleys
Bolshaya Konushennaya Street1, 5, 7, 10, 11, 22

 

Address (Yellow bridge)
Pevtchesky bridge
Metro / Subway
Admiralteyskaya
Buses

Bolshaya Konushennaya Street

3, 7, 22, 24, 27, 191
Trolleys
Bolshaya Konushennaya Street1, 5, 7, 10, 11, 22

 


Tours

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Also, you can customize a tour or book an inside excursion to a close-by attraction.


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