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Voskresensky Canal

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VOSKRESENSKY CANAL (The Inzhenernaya Channel) was dug during the construction of Mikhailovsky Castle along its southern facade in 1797-1800. It flew from the Fontanka River through the ponds of Mikhailovsky Garden and drained into the Moika River through a brick pipe. It was 210 meters long, 16-20 meters wide and up to 8 meters deep. Quite navigable, it was a part of the common system of the Tserkovny (Church) Canal (along today's Sadovaya Street) and other channels covered in 1823 and surrounding the entrance to the Mikhailovsky Castle in front of its southern facade with the monument to Peter the Great. The Voskresensky Canal had stone embankments (cast-iron railings created under the project of the engineer Peter Bazen). It was spanned with the following bridges: the Second Inzhenerny Bridge (at the headwater), granit Trekhchastny (Three-Part) Bridge at the castle's entrance gates (in a trident form with one abutment at the gates and three ramps to the other Canal's side) and two drawbridges. The canal ran under Sadovaya Street through the brick pipe. The canal between ponds was spanned with an elegant cast-iron bridge constructed in 1829-30. In 1879-82, the Voznesensky Canal was filled up (the area reconstructed in the late 1930s) and the surviving pond was left without flowing water. All stone and cast-iron bridges and pipes have been preserved in the earth. In 2003, pipelines and engineering structures were partially restored.

Y. P. Seliverstov.

Bazen Peter Petrovich
Peter I, Emperor

Sadovaya St./Saint Petersburg, city

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