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St. Petersburg drawbridges’ opening and closing is a magnificent show, spectacular and captivating. What’s interesting it’s not a tourist attraction, but a purely technological procedure, the fact which adds flavor to the experience. There are 12 bridges in St. Petersburg which can be raised. Nine of them are being raised on a regular basis with the three remaining lifted only upon a special request.

These bridges are the only ones of big bridges in the world that are lifted regularly. The only one of this kind except them is the London’s Tower bridge.

Many think that the bridges are raised solely to entertain tourists. That’s not so. Moreover, it has nothing to do with tourism. The only purpose of the procedure is to let through cargo river ships going along the Neva river to the Gulf of Finland and in the opposite direction. The Neva river is the last stretch of the Volga-Baltic canal built during the Soviet era for passing river ships from the middle Russia on their way to European ports.

This bridge, Palace Bridge is raised at 1.15 a.m. We had an adventure with the last metro Avtovo, and all the good places for observation were already occupied. But it is a fantastic event, especially for someone so interested in the movable bridges. Usually, such bridges are very rarely open.
There is music that accompanies it, at the beginning it was Prokofiev, Piano Concerto nr 1 in D-flat major





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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11568 W: 123 N: 29421] (138698)
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