Stamp Issue : 1990-07-07
Briare Canal Bridge (Pont-canal de Briare) is a metal girder canal bridge, built with the help of the engineer Gustave Eiffel. It is the longest canal bridge in Europe (662.7 meters). It allows both barges and pleasure boats to cross the Loire River and to pass from the left minor canal to the Briare canal. Built from 1890 to 1894, it was opened in 1896. In the late 19th century, this was a major transportation route for commodities and it was an architectural prowess to make such a bridge at that time.