This is one of the oldest surviving St. Petersburg bridges, an example of bridge of the art of the 1760s. One of the few St. Petersburg bridges that has not undergone reconstruction in its more than two centuries of history.
An architectural monument of federal significance and protected by the state.
By 1739, there had already been a wooden bridge on this site. In 1766-1776, the bridge was rebuilt into a stone arch bridge designed by engineer V.I. Nazimov and under the supervision of engineer I.N. Borisov.
In the summer of 1880, Narodnaya Volya’s members A. I. Zhelyabov, A. K. Presnyakov and M. V. Teterka laid dynamite under the bridge to make an explosion during the passage of the carriage of Emperor Alexander II on the way from the Winter Palace to the Vitebsky railway station. The attempt, scheduled for August 16, did not take place.
The bridge is single-span stone arched. The arch of the bridge, which has a parabolic shape, is made of granite blocks.
The length of the bridge is 19.7 m, the clear width between the railings is 13.88 m (the width of the carriageway is 11 m, the width of the sidewalks is 1.27 m and 1.29 m).
The bridge is designed for vehicular and pedestrian traffic.