This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2018
The Centaur Bridge in Pavlovsk Park is to be restored. The city budget will allocate 23.8 million rubles for the restoration.
The bridge over the Slavyanka River was built in 1781 by the Italian architect Vincenzo Brenna (1747-1820) and fitted with wrought-iron railings and gypsum sculptures of four centaurs. After the death of Emperor Paul I (1754-1801), his widow the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (1759-1828) ordered the Russian architect Andrey Nikoforovich Voronikhin (1759-1814) to replace the dilapidated gypsum sculptures with marble copies.
During the Soviet years, the statues were removed from the bridge. The statues were replaced with copies cast in epoxide resin. To date, they have suffered greatly due to the elements.
The restoration project involves the decorative finishing of the bridge, pedestals and sculptures. The Pavlovsk Museum-Reserve has announced that a tender has been issued to contractors, with bidding ending on 26 March 2018.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 8 March 2018