During Peter’s reign, there were no bridges over the Neva. The Emperor wanted the people of Petersburg, to their dismay, to share his passion for sailing, thus riverboats were the common form of transport. Peter even made it a tradition to take his retinue out in rowing – and sailing boats. Many members of his circle set out on these excursions praying to holy icons in dread of the perfidious waters. It was not until after the death of the autocrat and “sailor” that three floating bridges appeared across the Neva. These were dismantled at the time of the spring thaws and the late autumn freezes. Only in the mid-19th century were they finally replaced with permanent bridges made of metal. Each of Petersburg’s bridges has its own distinctive structure and appearance. They are humpbacked and elegant, large and small, subtle and imposing. Their decorative wrought iron railings and lamps, coupled with the granite embankments, give the face of the city a charming and inimitable look. At either end of the small pedestrian Lion Bridge sit two pairs of enormous lions (2.23 metres high). In their half open jaws they hold the wrought iron rings and thich steel cables that support this striking suspension bridge.