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Bolshaya Nevka

Categories / City Topography/Waterways and Currents/Rivers

BOLSHAYA NEVKA, the extreme right branch of the Neva River delta, which flows off the main channel 500 metres below the Liteiny Bridge. It separates Vyborgskaya Side from Petrogradskaya Side and flows into the Neva Bay below the Spit of Elagin Island. The Bolshaya Nevka washes the left banks of Petrogradsky Island, Aptekarsky Island, Kamenny Island and Elagin Island. The river is 7.9 kilometres long; its width varies from 50 metres (in the area between Elagin Island and Staraya Derevnya) to 360 metres, while the depth of the river ranges from 3.4 metres to 8.3 metres. The flow rate at the river head amounts to 480 m3 per second, reducing to 101 m3 per second, after the Malaya Nevka and the Srednyaya Nevka flow off from the Bolshaya Nevka. Chernaya Rechka River falls into the Bolshaya Nevka on the right, while the Karpovka River runs to the left off the Bolshaya Nevka, followed by the Malaya Nevka and the Srednyaya Nevka. Sampsonievsky Bridge, Grenadersky Bridge, Kantemorivsky Bridge, Ushakovsky Bridge and the Third Elagin Bridge were all constructed over the Bolshaya Nevka. At the head of the Bolshaya Nevka the Aurora cruiser is moored, which is permanently anchored on the river, facing St. Petersburg Hotel on the opposite bank. The banks of the Bolshaya Nevka are faced with granite up to the Malaya Nevka. Past that point, the granite facing continues on the right bank up to the end of Ushakovskaya multi-level junction, built in 2000. On the left bank of the river are Petrogradskaya Embankment and Aptekarskaya Embankment, mainly built over with industrial buildings of the second half of the 19th century to the 1970s. There is also located the Botanical Gardens and the television tower. On the right bank, there are Pirogovskaya Embankment, Vyborgskaya Embankment, Ushakovskaya Embankment and Primorsky Avenue. The Bolshaya Nevka is navigable along its whole length, though in the recent years they have not been used for navigation purposes and the bridges have not been raised.

Y. P. Seliverstov.

Seliverstov Yury Petrovich

Aptekarskaya Embankment/Saint Petersburg, city
Bolshaya Nevka River/Saint Petersburg, city
Petrogradskaya Embankment/Saint Petersburg, city
Pirogovskaya Embankment/Saint Petersburg, city
Primorsky Ave/Saint Petersburg, city
Ushakovskaya Embankment/Saint Petersburg, city
Vyborgskaya Embankment/Saint Petersburg, city

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Aurora, cruiser