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Clichés of St. Petersburg:
Canals, Rivers and Bridges

The Neva and the numerous canals give St. Petersburg its special charm. They are witnesses of the history.


Imperial Academy of Arts

(background: Imperial Academy of Arts)


(background: Church of the Assumption of Mary)


(background: Blagoveshchenskiy Bridge)

Related topic: Blagoveshchenskiy Bridge in The Idiot and Poor Folk.


The Moyka (or Moika) is a small river. It starts from the Neva and the Fontanka in the northeast near Summer Palace, crosses Nevsky Prospect, and meets Admiralty Canal and rejoins the Neva at the New Holland Island in the southwest.

A view from Nevsky Prospect

View from Nevsky Prospect

Red Bridge

The Red Bridge [1]

Green Bridge

(right: Yusupov Palace)
Rasputin was violently killed in Yusupov Palace in December 1916.

Green Bridge

The Moyka crossing Kryukov Canal

New Holland Island

New Holland Island (left: Admiralty Canal; right: the Moyka)
Created in 1719, the island fell into disgrace at Soviet time. An art project by Roman Abramovich for the island was approved in 2010.


Lying between the Moyka and the Fontanka, Griboyedov Canal starts from the Fontanka at Place Repin in the southwest, passes by Conservatoire Rimsky-Korsakov, Sennaya Place, crosses Nevsky Prospect at Kazansky Bridge, then greets Church of the Saviour on Blood and its millions of tourists, before joining the Moyka in the northeast at Field of Mars. Crime and Punishment opens, in its very first sentence, with a young man (Raskolnikov) walking towards Griboyedov Canal.

Griboyedov Canal

(left: Kazan Cathedral;
 background: "Singer Building" Bookshop at Nevsky Prospect)

Griboyedov Canal

Griboyedov Canal

Bridge of Four Lions
Supported by cables emerging from the mouths of lions.

Griboyedov Canal

"Smile please... One. Two. Three! Thank you."

Griboyedov Canal

Pikalov Bridge (background: St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral) Griboyedov Canal crosses Kryukov Canal (behind the bridge). It is the only place in the city from which 7 bridges are in the view.

Griboyedov Canal

(background: St. Isidore Holy Church)

Related topic: Rodion Romanovich and others in The Idiot and Poor Folk.


On the east of the Moyka and more or less in its parallel, the Fontanka passes by many sumptuous private buildings, and crosses Nevsky Prospect at Anichkov Bridge and the Steklov Institute of Mathematics.

The Fontanka

View from Anichkov Bridge
The Steklov Institute is on the left-hand side, at Number 27.

The Fontanka

Anichkov Bridge
(background: Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace)

The Fontanka

Lomonosov Bridge
The middle part is movable. [2]

The Fontanka

The Fontanka crossing Kryukov Canal
(left: Kryukov Canal, with St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral seen
 in background; right: the Fontanka)


Kryukov Canal connects the Fontanka on the south to the New Holland Island on the north. It crosses Griboyedov Canal, passes by St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, goes through the two theatres of the Mariinsky, and crosses the Moyka and then Admiralty Canal.

Kryukov Canal

(background: Trinity Cathedral)

Kryukov Canal

(from left to right: St. Isidore Holy Church in background, Pikalov Bridge, theatres of the Mariinsky in background, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral)

Kryukov Canal

(background: St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral and Trinity Cathedral)

Kryukov Canal

(left: Mariinsky Theatre; right: Mariinsky Theatre II)

Clichés of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Image from Fyodor Dostoevsky Literary Memorial Museum. Background photos by myself: (left) Lake (1899-1900), Isaac Levitan, State Russian Museum; (right) State Hermitage Museum & the Neva.

□   The City on the Neva

□   Canals and Bridges (you are currently on this page)

□   State Russian Museum
     Related: State Tretyakov Gallery Moscow

□   Noble Spirits

□   The Idiot and Poor Folk

□   Peterhof, Pavlovsk, Repino

□   The Rest is Silence

[1] In the 19th century, many bridges on the Moyka were given specific colours which were used for their names. Four of them have survived, of which three still use their original colour name: Red Bridge, Blue Bridge, Green Bridge, whereas the Yellow Bridge has switched to a new name (Pevchesky Bridge).

[2] The movable middle part is in metal since 1912, while the original one, going back to the 18th century, was wooden.

  Mise à jour : le lundi 17 juillet 2017