Blagoveshchensky Bridge Panoramic
Blagoveshchensky Bridge panoramic. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user VFedorovski., R

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The Blagoveshchensky Bridge, or “Annunciation Bridge” from Russian, is a bridge that spans the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia. At the time of its construction, back in the 1840s, it was the longest bridge in Europe.

I chose this week’s photo because I have just finished reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, which mentions all sorts of places around the city. In the renowned book, Rodion Raskolnikov often goes to bridges to ponder. At this particular bridge, once named the Nikolayevsky Bridge (in honor of the death of Tsar Nicholas I), Raskolnikov acts mad and a woman presses a 20-kopeck coin into his hand, which he throws into the Neva.

“At Nikolaevskii bridge he was once more forced to wake fully from his trance as the consequence of an extremely unpleasant occurrence. The driver of a carriage gave him a sound blow on his back because he had almost fallen under the horses, though the driver had shouted to him three or four times. The blow made him so furious that having jumped to he side railings (for some reason he had been walking down the very middle of the bridge, which is used by vehicles, not pedestrians), he began to gnash and grind his teeth in fury.” (Part 2, Chapter 2)

Blagoveshchensky Bridge
Blagoveshchensky Bridge at night. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Vuente.