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17 of January, 15:48

Petersburg was left without Griffin
Petersburg was left without griffins. The famous statues on Bank bridge, which according to legend protect the city, went to the restoration. 2 century sculpture of the winged lions suffered greatly from corrosion, precipitation, and temperature changes. Return them to original luster, experts plan for the world championship on football in 2018.

They still flew. Without wings, separated into halves, is fastened to the hook of a crane. St. Petersburg griffins on Bank bridge soared into the sky. The operation to which the restorers were preparing for several months. Almost there are no drawings of Bank bridge. the restorers had to guess how to construct the sculptures, why they exist and who ever who holds the bridge of griffins or winged lions bridge. Under a special coating and paint were it's not even clear where the fasteners. Cleared, found. Were modern keys are not suitable for these screws. The tools had to produce themselves.

Winged lions appeared on the Bank bridge 200 years ago. Difficult decoration. They cover and partially hold the cable fixing bridge. This work no matter affects their health. Carefully, very carefully a few days before the full dismantling of the griffins shot gilded wings. They are made of copper and hollow, and so very soft. Wingless, they lose their mythical power. And look really like an old sick lions. And is divided into 2 halves do seem to be chocolate toys. Two halves of a Griffin stowed in the truck. Here once already in a hospital bed. Got a long treatment. But the forecasts for recovery are very good.

The last restoration was only 5 years ago, but now need a new one. Visible corrosion. Damaged fasteners. Everything is fixable. Just the full repair was never, the griffins did not leave their pedestals all 200 years of its history. Took care of Bank bridge, St. Petersburg legend, and the city itself. Therefore, in the pedestal a scattering of offerings, the face value is not very high. And other values - prayers and lists of wishes. In the workshops of the griffins for a few months will return Shine and strength. Will be restored and the bridge itself. The following holocrine griffins again will Shine even on a shoestring Petersburg sun.

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