Khabarovsk Krai/Jewish AO: Khabarovsk Bridge

Khabarovsk Bridge across the Amur river was built in 1916 for the Trans-Siberian railroad and at the length of 2590 meters was for a long time the longest bridge in the Soviet Union. A newer car and rail bridge was built in 1999 being even longer at 3890 meters. On the other side of the river lies Jewish Autonomous Oblast (region). In the late 40s, the Soviet Union tried to establish a Jewish “promised land” here in the middle of nowhere in Siberia. Today, only 2% of the population is Jewish, yet it is only one of the two regions of the world that are officially recognized as Jewish (Israel being the other one).