2019-03-13 / Features

Off the Beaten Trail: 18 Century Aqueduct in Moscow Russia

By Catherine Tsounis

The following are views of Rostokino Aqueduct, also known as Millionny Bridge, Moscow Park. The following are views of Rostokino Aqueduct, also known as Millionny Bridge, Moscow Park. “The park should describe the Russian soul,” said Petr Kudryavtsev, gesturing broadly at the sloping, snow-covered landscape. “A place where you can hide and where you can also see everything around you.”1

My former Moscow guide/friend Irina Chetina took these unique photos of an 18th century Moscow aqueduct near a Moscow Park. Rostokino Aqueduct, also known as Millionny Bridge, is a stone aqueduct over Yauza river in Rostokino District of Moscow, Russia, built in 1780-1804. It is the only remaining aqueduct in Moscow, once a part of Mytishchi Water Supply, Moscow’s first centralized water utility.

The aqueduct was commissioned by Catherine II of Russia to engineer Friedrich Wilhelm Bauer. Catherine authorized 1.1 million rouble expenditure and 400 soldiers.

Builders used second-hand stone left by demolition of Bely  All Photos by Irina ChetinaAll Photos by Irina ChetinaGorod fortifications. Construction, frequently interrupted, dragged for 25 years, as the soldier engineers were summoned to the war with Turkey (1787-1792) and various other jobs. In the process, both Catherine and Bauer died. Colonel Ivan Gerard lead the project after Bauer’s death in 1783. Catherine’s son, Paul I, had to issue 400,000 roubles financing; Alexander I added 200,000 roubles. Finally, the aqueduct was completed at an unprecedented cost of 2 million roubles, thus the name Millionny Bridge.2
All photos by Irina Chetina.
1.      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/arts/design/zaryadye-park-moscow.html
2.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rostokino_Aqueduct  


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