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Bridges and superstitions of St Petersburg

July 4, 2009

Just like most of big European cities, St Petersburg is famous for its bridges. And just like in most big Eastern European cities, there are bridges in St Petersburg for just-married couples, where they can pass special “rituals” that make their marriage strong and happy, and their love eternal. Though I am not one, I like observing how people are superstitious 🙂 Well, there may not be any practical use of such things as superstitions, but at least they make our life more interesting 🙂

So today, I suddenly came across one of these bridges, when I was taking photos of the Church of the Resurrection of Christ (Спасс на крови). The bridge is called Maliy Konyusheniy most, and it is a “must place” for newlyweds to come and put a lock on the bars of the bridge railing, and throw the key to river Moyka, on which the bridge lies. Its believed that lock put on the bridge strengthens the bond between newlyweds, and keys thrown to the river symbolizes that they do not want anyone or anything to break the bond. Ah yes – there is another “ritual” at this bridge: a groom lifts his bride and crosses the bridge several times. As many times a groom crosses the bridge, as long the marriage lasts. Fortunately, the bridge is not that long, just 33 meters.

Here are some photos:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Corine permalink
    July 4, 2009 7:57 am

    How romantic!
    Really glad to read about this!

  2. July 4, 2009 6:57 pm

    It really is 🙂 And the city administration takes off the locks once a year, cuz by the end of the year the bridge is loaded with them 🙂

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