The panoramic view of Saint Isaac's Cathedral that opens from the bridge makes it a popular subject of artists paintings
The first wooden pedestrian bridge was built over the Moika river in 1738 at the place where the present Potseluev bridge is situated. In 1786, the construction of the bridge was changed - it became a three-span and got stone pillars. Its final form Potseluev bridge got in 1808-1816, when engineer V.I. Hastie gave to the construction of the bridge its present design of cast-iron single-span arch bridge with granite facing.
The decorative design of the bridge consists of four granite obelisks topped with spherical lanterns and curly railing which has the same design as Moika embankment railing.
Tsvetnoy was the first name of the wooden bridge as it was painted in different colours at the same time. The name Potseluev fixed for this bridge in the late 18th century.
The romantic name of the bridge (Potseluev bridge in English means Kisses bridge) provoked the appearance of numerous urban legends. Among the most interesting are: the bridge was a lovers’ lane for secret lovers, the bridge was a place for farewells on the city outskirts, the bridge was the place of parting with the prisoners who were going to the prison located in New Holland. In fact, in 1788 on a Glinka street corner near the bridge a merchant N.V. Potseluev opened a pub "Potseluy" which gave the name to the nearest bridge.
In 20th century the bridge was enriched by several traditions associated with kisses. It is believed that if you kissed somebody on Potseluev bridge, this person certainly returns. In addition, there is one wedding custom: if you are kissing while driving over the bridge during the wedding your family life will be long and happy.
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