Ligovsky Canal

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Ligovsky canal Russian: Лиговский канал
Ligovsky channel and znamenskaya cruch.jpg
Ligovsky canal near Znamenskaya Church. 1860s
Maximum height above sea level 78.9 ft (24.0 m)
(Difference between a mouth and a source in meter)
Status 90 % closed
Principal engineer G. Skornyakov-Pisarev
Construction began 1718
Date completed 1721
Date closed 1891, 1926 and 1965-1969

Ligovsky Canal (Russian: Ли́говский кана́л) is one of the most extended channels of Saint Petersburg (Russia). Constructed in 1721, it is 23 kilometres (14 mi) long. Its purpose was to supply water for the fountains of the Summer Garden. The channel delivered water from the Liga River (now called the Dudergofka) to ponds in Bassejnaya Street (modern Nekrasov Street).


The idea of construction of the channel belongs to the Russian emperor and reformer Peter I. He decided to decorate the Summer Garden with fountains supplied by water delivered by gravity feed. A small river, Liga (now called the Dudergofka), near (Dudergofskoye Lake), became a water source. The project designer was G. Skornyakov-Pisarev, who also supervised the channel construction.

Except the basic function of actuating of fountains, the canal was used as a water main and as a defensive boundary, protecting the capital on the southeast. The project was completed in three years, 1718–21. It is known that the channel crossed at least two bridges, one at Moskovsky Prospekt and one at Znamenskya Square (in a photo). Later at building Obvodny Canal in the beginning 20th century has been constructed Yamskoi Vodoprovodniy Aqueduct, author of the project of the wooden bridge became Russian engineer Ivan Gerard. Later the bridge under Leninsky Prospekt has been constructed; Data on its dismantling are not present, it is probable it is filled up together with the channel and has remained underground.

Flooding of 21 September [O.S. 10 September] 1777 destroyed the fountains of the Summer Garden and the reason for the channel disappeared. In addition, the water in the channel became muddy and undrinkable. The channel gradually became unfit for use and was filled up in stages:

  • In 1891–92, the site from Tauride garden to Obvodny Canal was filled up. Yamskoi Vodoprovodniy Aqueduct was reconstructed in 1895 and was renamed Novo-kamenniy bridge. Granite pools at the bridge existed before the beginning 20th century, when then were disassembled as superfluous.
  • In 1926, the site from Obvodny Canal to Moskovsky Prospekt was filled up;
  • In 1965–69, waters of the canal were lowered in Krasnenkaya River, and the channel was truncated before crossing Krasnoputilovskaya street.
Water system of Ligovsky Canal
Dudergofskoye lake
Dudergofka River
Left arrow To Moskovskoye s.
Three highways interchange
Ring RoadRight arrow To Bronka
Three highways interchange
Dachnaya street
Three highways interchange
DiameterRight arrow To sea port terminal
Left arrow To Predportovaya
Right arrow To Ulyanka, Ligovo
Left arrow To Predportovaya
Right arrow To Leninsky Prospekt
Left arrow To Predportovaya
Right arrow To Leninsky Prospekt
Left arrow To Konstitutsii square
Leninsky Pr.Right arrow To Leninsky Metro
Krasnenkaya River
Left arrow To Konstitutsii square
KrasnoputilovskayaRight arrow To Avtovo
Moscow Gate Square
Moskovsky Avenue
Tsarskoselskaya Railway
Kubinskaya Street
ObvodnyY. V. Aqueduct
Aviatorov Pound
Znamenskya Square
Nevsky Prospect
Fontanka River
Panteleymonovsky Aqueduct
Fountains of Summer garden
Pounds in Tauride garden
Steam pump
Water inlet 1720s
Neva River
Moyka River

In its place, Ligovsky Avenue was laid.


Now near a railway line to luga channel waters enter an underground channel and exit the surface near Krasnenkaya River. There the canal is divided into two sleeves: the majority of the canal waters are carried away by the Krasnenkaya River, the smaller branch an underground passage exits in the ponds of Aviatorov Garden. The length of the remaining part is 11 kilometres (7 mi).

On the bank of the channel in 1834–38 was constructed the Moscow Triumphal Gate. It was built mainly in cast iron.[1]

The filled-up Ligovsky Canal became a hindrance to construction of a metro station Ploshchad Vosstaniya - at sinking an inclined tunnel of an exit on a surface wet stratum have strongly complicated works. They should be overcome, applying a caisson and to a breed frost a hydrochloric solution in 1950.[2]


  1. ^ Russian: Раскин А. Г., Raskin A. G. (1977). Triumphal arches of Leningrad Russian: Триумфальные арки Ленинграда (in Russian). Leningrad. 
  2. ^ "The metro will not be Russian: МетрА не будет" (in Russian). Verssija v Sankt-Peterburge Russian: Версия в Санкт-Петербурге. 2002-08-05.  External link in |publisher= (help); There is article text in Russian

Coordinates: 59°51′31″N 30°17′24″E / 59.8585°N 30.29°E / 59.8585; 30.29