The winter flute connects Neva to the Moika river. It has received the name from the Winter palace constructed for Peter I, later on a place of this palace have erected building of Hermitage theatre. The flute has been dug under direction of the visible contractor on digging works Vasily Ozerov in 1718-1720.
The quay has received name Zimnedvortsovaya, then, in the end of XVIII century, Pochtovaya — from the Post court yard which channel was in Million street near. With carrying of the Post court yard to the beginning of XIX century in area of present street Pochtamtskoj the channel has been renamed into the Winter flute. In 1783-1784 during construction of Hermitage theatre walls of this flute have been dressed by a granite.
Hermitage bridge - the one-flying arch bridge through the Winter flute in St.-Petersburg, on lines of Palace quay, the oldest stone bridge of St.-Petersburg. The first wooden drawbridge on this place has been thrown in 1718-1720, right after digging the channel at Peter's I Winter palace. The constant stone bridge has been constructed in 1763-1766, simultaneously with erection of granite quays of Neva. The bridge had an one-flying structure in the form of the arch from a brick and limestone with layers and front arches from a granite. Coastal support with granite facing, a protection - is continuous granite parapets. In 1934 stone-tiled arch of the bridge has been replaced on ferro-concrete (monolithic moveless) with remote steps and an internal outline on an ellipse (engineer A.D.Sapershtejn, the architect To. M. Dmitriev, the adviser - the professor G. Perederiy). Thus the external shape of the bridge has been kept. Nearby 1950 during reconstruction the architectural decor of ramps has been restored.
2-nd Winter bridge - the one-flying ferro-concrete arch bridge through the Winter flute in St.-Petersburg, on right (northern) quay of the Moika river. Since 1933 on this place was floating bridge arranged for pass of demonstrators from the Palace area. Nearby 1940 it has been replaced by the constant wooden bridge. The modern bridge has been constructed in 1962-1964 engineer of Century S.Ksenofontovym and architect L.A.Noskovym. Externally the bridge repeats shape of next 1-st Winter bridge, finishing ensemble of the Winter flute. The Flying structure is executed in the form of slanting by way of (the Winter flute runs into the Moika under a corner) continuous ferro-concrete two-hinges arch reveted by a pink granite.
1-st Winter bridge - the one-flying granite arch bridge through the Winter flute in St.-Petersburg, on an axis of street Milionnoj. The first wooden drawbridge on this place has been thrown in 1718-1720, right after digging the channel at Peter's I Winter palace. In the middle of XVIII century it has been replaced by the beam-wooden bridge in three prosummers. The modern bridge has been initially constructed in 1768 through the Red channel; civil work T.I.Nasonov managed, the project has been presumably developed I.L.Rossi's by architects I. M. Felten. In 1783-1785, the bridge has been disassembled and carried on the Winter channel (nowadays - the Winter flute). Coastal foundations of the bridge with granite facing, a protection - continuous granite parapets. The bridge was kept since XVIII century without any alterations.