Bagration Bridge is located in Moscow. Bagration Bridge is named in honor of the Russian General Bagration, who commanded troops and was mortally wounded in the Battle of Borodino near Moscow against Napoleon Bonaparte in the Russian-French Patriotic War of 1812.
Bagration Bridge connects the modern architectural complex and business center Moscow-City with the prestigious residential neighborhoods in Kutuzovsky Prospekt (Kutuzov Avenue). Bagration Bridge and the complex Moscow-City overturn the misconception that Moscow is a large village and Russia is a backward country. Bears don’t go along streets here.
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Severe frost really exists in Russia. You can see this fact in the photo below. On that day the temperature was about 30 degrees below zero. Freezing hurricane was hitting in my face. I was climbing up to the Bagration Bridge roof to show you real Moscow.
The Bagration Bridge idea was born in the early 90s of the last century. We call this period Dashing Nineties. It was a difficult and controversial period in the Russian history. (However, this definition may be applied to any period of the Russian history.) My humorous memories of the Dashing Nineties period you can read in the article “Fear of Heights.”
Apart from the difficulties and social problems Dashing Nineties were a period of human hopes, romantic dreams and future-oriented projects. The Moscow-City and Bagration Bridge ideas were born in the early 90s when some people did not have enough money even for food. It was then the Soviet and Russian architect Boris Thor dreamed of creating a modern architectural analog of the Kremlin. Those were the Moscow-City and Bagration Bridge projects. At that date giant industrial zones, wastelands and dumps were on that site.
Bagration Bridge was opened in September 1997. The grand opening was devoted to the 850th Anniversary of Moscow. The financial default of 1998 was approaching Russia.
Bagration Bridge is called in honor of the Russian General Bagration. Every Russian patriot knows and remembers his name.
The Bagration Bridge total length is about 214 meters, its width is 16 meters, and height above the Moscow River level is 14 meters.
Perhaps this is the place where dreams come true! The inscription on the parapet reads: Place of Power!
From this viewpoint from an acute angle Bagration Bridge looks like a giant ship with big trumpets. It floats on the Moscow River. It takes you to an unknown destination and this cruise is pleasant.
Moscow is beautiful and lovely! Enjoy!
The sculpture ‘Tree of Life’ was created by the sculptor Ernst Neizvestny. The sculpture is located in the entrance hall of Moscow Bagration Bridge.
I am grateful to the company “Arenda Industry” and personally Natalia Provotorova and all employees of Bagration Bridge for assisting in the creation of this story!
Text by Igor Shiryaev. Photo by Igor Shiryaev and Larisa Shiryaeva.tweet
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The Internet mass media Different View. 07.06.2014