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Bridges are important transport facilities, therefore, their technical condition is closely monitored in the city.

The Day of Bridges is celebrated on November 29. These structures play an important role in the life of the city. The bridges of the capital are especially beautiful at night, when the lights turn on, I wrote Sergei Sobyanin on your page on the VKontakte social network.


Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge

The Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge, connecting Red Square and Vasilievsky Spusk with Bolshaya Ordynka, shines with gold.

Over 800 lighting fixtures create architectural lighting. The light image is based on fire-colored opal. Parapets, facades of arched spans and abutments are illuminated with golden light, and the inner vaults are illuminated with red. Thus, the bridge becomes a continuation of the architectural illumination of the Kremlin.

Several centuries ago, this place was the oldest crossing in Moscow – a floating bridge between the Tverskaya and Serpukhovskaya roads. The modern structure was built in 1938, and its first and only time the bridge was overhauled in 2018.

The work took 13 months. The specialists updated the structures, cleaned all light elements from contamination with a special compound and replaced the lamps.

Crimean bridge

Krymsky is the only suspension bridge in the capital. It is part of the Garden Ring and connects Krymskaya Square with Krymsky Val Street.

On weekdays, the bridge glows with an even golden light reminiscent of the rutile mineral. Almost 500 LED fixtures transform the structure into a kind of tiara over the Moskva River.

On holidays and weekends, the shades smoothly change, reminiscent of the northern lights. A dynamic effect is created using multimedia LED lighting, which allows you to change the brightness of the light and make smooth color transitions.

Patriarshy Bridge

The pedestrian bridge connecting Prechistenskaya and Bersenevskaya embankments immerses the city in the atmosphere of the 19th century.

At the top along the bridge, there are antique-style lanterns that illuminate the pedestrian zone, and from below the structure is illuminated by lamps of diffused light with a color-mixing system. The light image is based on the colors of silver and quartz, but arches can change color to green, purple, blue, red and white with an interval of about 15 seconds. In total, more than 200 lamps, 500 projectors and LEDs are involved in lighting.

Pushkin (former Andreevsky) pedestrian bridge

Pushkin pedestrian bridge is famous for its proximity to Neskuchny Garden, Gorky Park, as well as magnificent views from the galleries.

The construction was based on the structures of the Andreevsky railway bridge, built in 1905-1907. The best bridge builders of that time Lavr Proskuryakov and Petr Kamentsev worked on the most complex engineering solution. The architectural project belonged to the famous Russian architect Alexander Pomerantsev.

Architectural lighting was introduced in 1999. The archway is alternately highlighted in blue and orange, imitating the colors of gold, quartz and variscite. In total, almost 1400 lighting devices were used for illumination: about 900 floodlights and about 500 lamps.

Bohdan Khmelnitsky Bridge

The illuminated pedestrian bridge of Bohdan Khmelnitsky appeared next to the Kievskaya metro station in 2001. During the construction, the arched structure of the Old Krasnoluzhsky Bridge was used in a yellow-green color scheme.

More than 6,900 lighting fixtures provide contour lighting and soft lighting under the dome. From a distance, the bridge resembles a scattering of gems with a clear cut.

Novospassky bridge

Novospassky Bridge is named after a nearby monastery. A laconic three-span structure connects the Paveletsky railway station area with the Krestyanskaya Zastava square.

The bridge is considered one of the two oldest on the Moskva River; it was based on the pillars of the 1911 bridge. In 1937, the structure was added on, and at the beginning of the 21st century, the load-bearing arches and the topside were replaced with steel ones.

Over 1,100 lighting fixtures are used for architectural lighting of the bridge. When choosing a color scheme, the lighting designers took as a basis two rock minerals: vanadinite and malachite. Here, a brilliant diamond shine of warm white light emphasizes the outer beauty of the bridge, while a light cold one skillfully illuminates the inner vaults.

You can admire the views of Zamoskvorechye and Taganka both from the bridge and from the nearby pier.

Big and Small Ustyinsky bridges

The Bolshoi Ustinsky Bridge was first built in 1881 below the mouth of the Yauza. From the old bridge, only the name remains of the modern structure. During the reconstruction of the embankments due to the opening of the Moscow Canal in 1938, the bridge was rebuilt upstream. Today it connects Yauzsky Boulevard with Sadovnichesky Proezd.

Nearby is the Small Ustyinsky Bridge of the same year of construction. It retained the name of the old metal Small Ustyinsky Bridge that existed here since 1883.

At night, the buildings are illuminated in cold white. In the architectural lighting of the bridges, 750 lighting fixtures were used, and an additional festive mode makes them stand out on special dates for the capital.

Tessinsky bridge

The Tessinsky Bridge, built in 1887, was also dismantled during the reconstruction of the embankments in the 1930s. More than half a century later, by 1992, the pedestrian bridge of the same name was erected a block downstream of the Yauza River. Among the people, he also received the nickname Heating network, since in the middle of the structure there are heating pipes.

The outer side of the bridge is framed by 120 meters of warm white LED strip, while the inner vaults are illuminated by yellow lighting. Reflection in the water makes the bridge look like a golden ring with agate through which Yauza is running.

The unusual view of the bridge and the nearby skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment attract artists, photographers and sculptors here.

Borodinsky bridge

Borodinsky Bridge connects Smolenskaya and Bolshaya Dorogomilovskaya streets. Built for the centenary of the Patriotic War of 1812, it has become a real monument to the Battle of Borodino. The entrances to the bridge are decorated with a rounded colonnade, obelisks and attributes of military valor.

Muscovites rightfully consider it one of the most beautiful bridges in the city. From here a view of the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov and Moscow City, and at sunset you can admire the rays of the setting sun, illuminating the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At night, the bridge glows with a light blue light, reflected in the dark surface of the Moskva River. 230 lighting fixtures were used for illumination. Recently, it was equipped with a new modern control system that allows you to remotely turn on and off the bulbs, as well as monitor their performance.

The architectural lighting program for bridges was implemented in 2013–2014. The illumination concept is based on the idea of ​​the inorganic basis of nature: natural formations, minerals, crystals. With the new architectural and artistic illumination, the capital’s bridges have become another hallmark of the city. More than three thousand lighting devices with a total capacity of 147 kilowatts were installed on 22 bridges in Moscow, more than 13 thousand meters of cable products were laid. At the same time, the new LED lighting is more energy efficient, which saves on city lighting and takes care of the environment.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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