Palace Bridge

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Until the 19th century, Peter the Great prohibited construction of bridges across the Neva River so as not to interfere with shipping. Temporary structures were then constructed, and the first permanent bridge, the Palace Bridge, wasn’t completed until 1916. The view of the two halves of this bascule (drawbridge) bridge open at night to allow ships to pass is one of the most iconic images of the city.

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