Marble Bridge

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Marble Bridge, with the Chesme Column seen in the distance
Marble Bridge as seen in 2011

The Siberian Marble Gallery[1] between Swan Islands — an artificial archipelago of seven islets in the landscape park of Tsarskoe Selo — spans a rivulet flowing between several ponds. The bridge was modelled after the Palladian Bridge (1736) in the park of Wilton House and served as a showcase for the Ural marbles. All the details of the bridge — including the granite Ionic colonnade — were produced in Yekaterinburg, transported to Tsarskoe Selo and then assembled in the workshop of Vincenzo Tortori in 1774.[2] It is probably called Siberian due to its construction with marble from the Urals.[2]

The bridge has been repeatedly vandalised (on a small scale) despite the fact that after renovation in the late twentieth century it was fenced off from public access and equipped with a burglar alarm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Палладиев мост в Санкт-Петербурге". Petergid.ru. 2011-11-27. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Мраморный (Палладиев) мост | Парки". Pushkin.ru. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 

Coordinates: 59°42′37.0″N 30°23′20.5″E / 59.710278°N 30.389028°E / 59.710278; 30.389028