Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Spain - Alcantara Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1991-12-16 

Alcantara Bridge was first constructed in 866 AD, close to the ruins of a Roman Bridge. The Arab bridge was in turn washed away, except for the piers and abutments, in 1257 and reconstructed by Alfonso X. There were further restorations in the 15th and 16th Centuries. The masonry of the bridge contains stones of Roman, Visagothic and Arab origin, as do the nearby walls. The massive tower guarding the West end of the bridge is Mudejar work. The gate beyond was undoubtedly one of the oldest entries to the city, for the Roman Toletum, and subsequently the Visigothic Palace of Galiana and the Arab Medina crowned the slope behind it.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Netherlands - Van Brienenoord Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1968-04-09 

Van Brienenoord Bridge is an arch bridge for car traffic over the River Nieuwe Maas, which is a major distributary of the river Rhine. The bridge is located at the east side of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The bridge exists of two almost identical arches laying parallel and next to each other, followed by three bascule bridges. With over 250,000 vehicles every day the Van Brienenoord Bridge, which is part of the A16 highway is the most busy road in the Netherlands. Bicycle riders can also use the bridges to cross the Nieuwe Maas River. The Van Brienenoord Bridge is 1320 meters long and ships of 24 meters and lower are able to pass through underneath it.
The bridge was open for traffic on February 1st in 1965. The capacity for handling traffic was insufficient 20 years later, and it was decided to add another bridge. May 1st 1990, the second van Brienenoord Bridge was open.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Japan - Sanjo Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1958-10-05 

Sanjo Bridge over the Kamo River in Kyoto city was the ending location for Tokaido from Tokyo. Kyoto has a population close to 1.5 million.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

China - Broken Bridge in the West Lake


Stamp Issue : 1989-11-25 

Broken Bridge in the West Lake, is a famous fresh water lake located in the historic center of Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province of eastern China.
It is a recovery bridge with a single arch. The most romantic scene of the ten must-see around the West Lake is the Melting Snow on the Broken Bridge. The stone-arched Broken Bridge is where the characters of a famous Chinese folktale, Xu Xian and a beautiful girl, who is actually a white snake, first met and fell in love with each other. After a snowfall, when the snow on the more exposed side has melted, with the shaded side remaining white, it looks as if a long white belt has been ripped apart on the bridge, thus earning the name "Melting Snow on the Broken Bridge".

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Yugoslavia - Bridge in Beograd


Stamp Issue : 1945- 

A Railroad Bridge across Danube River in Belgrade (Beograd) is the capital of Serbia, Yugoslavia.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Belgium - Amblève Cascade de Coo


Stamp Issue : 1945-47 

Amblève Cascade de Coo, Belgium.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

England - Westminster Bridge 威斯敏斯特大橋


Stamp Issue : 1975-09-03 

Westminster Bridge is a road and foot traffic bridge spans the River Thames between Westminster, Middlesex bank, and Lambeth, Surrey bank in what is now Greater London, England. The bridge was esteemed one of the most complete and elegant structures of the kind in the world. It is 316.4 meters long and 13.4 meters wide and comprising seven spans. This magnificent structure was begun in 1739, and was finished in 1750. It was built after a design of Charles Labelye, an ingenious Swiss architect.
In 2005 it underwent a complete refurbishment, which was finished in 2007. This sought to restore it to its former glory by replacing the iron fascias and repainting the whole bridge.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

France - Pont de Nyons 尼永橋


Stamp Issue : 1995-05-20 

Nyons Bridge(Pont de Nyons)is a medieval Roman bridge spanning the River Eygues in Nyons, in the Drôme department in south-eastern France.
The bridge was built in completed in 1361–1407, features a single span of 40.53 meters, rise the river 13 meters. It is listed on the Protected Historical Site, since 1964.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Belgium - Ourthe River Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1966-02-12 

Ourthe River Bridge in Hotton, Belgium.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Switzerland - Old Bridge Via Mala Gorge


Stamp Issue : 1936 

Old Bridge Via Mala Gorge, Near the town of Thusis in eastern Switzerland, the six-kilometre long Via Mala Gorge plunges 500 meters down between limestone walls to the Hinterrhein River. Raging torrents have gouged out many extraordinary, smooth rock formations and water mills over the centuries and the waters are particularly wild in the lower section at the Verlorene Loch (Lost Hole). If you fancy a closer look, you can take the 321 steps down into the depths of the ravine. On the way you’ll see an old bridge dating from 1739, once a part of the Via Mala (Evil Road), a former mule path hewn out of the rock, once used as a north-south route by traders and their pack animals. The climb back up the 321 steps is breathtaking – in more ways than one!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Spain - Portugalete Transporter Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1997-04-22 

Portugalete Transporter Bridge also name Vizcaya Bridge or Biscay Bridge, is a transporter bridge that links the towns of Portugalete and Las Arenas (part of Getxo) in the Biscay province of Spain, crossing the mouth of the Nervion River.
It is the world's oldest transporter bridge and was built in 1893, designed by Alberto Palacio, one of Gustave Eiffel's disciples. The bridge, still in use, is 164 meters long and its gondola can transport six cars and several dozens of passengers in one minute and a half. On July 13th of 2006 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

France - Pont Saint-Hilaire 聖伊萊爾橋


Stamp Issue : 1966-02-12 

St. Hilaire Bridge (Pont Saint-Hilaire)is a three-arch stone bridge located in Illiers, in the Eure-et-Loir department in north-central France. It was built in 13th century with length of 18.2 meters and width of 5.7 meters. The bridge is one of the major sights in town.
Illiers was named as Combray by Marcel Proust (1871-1922) in his semi-autobiographical novel "In Search of Lost Time" (À la recherche du temps perdu). The commune had become well-known worldwide because of the literature so in 1971 it officially changed its name to Illiers-Combray.


Friday, December 19, 2008

Portugal - Trajano Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1978-06-14 

Trajano Bridge crossing the Tâmega River in Chaves (Aquæ Flaviæ is the ancient Roman name), Portugal. It was built at 104 A.C.. The Roman bridge has a board with 140 m in length and supported by 12 visible arches, and other four, not visible nowadays, buried by houses.
The bridge has two columns in the middle cylindrical epigraphical that testify the built in the kingdom of Emperor Trajano, all from expenses of Flaviense people. It is so far, the main symbol of the city of Chaves. When the town received the charter of Manuel I, the bridge was represented in the coat of arms.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Belgium - Li Pontia


Stamp Issue : 1965-11-13 

Li Pontia is the main bridge that crosses the River Meuse at the centre of the town in Huy, Belgium. Acurate reconstruction of the old bridge build in 1294 and the ancient structure is far more than just a practicality; it is a piece of art in itself. The bridge has a story to tell, and offers a wonderful centrepiece to the rushing waters of the Meuse. The bridge is also a great place from which to get a great photo of the town and its buildings.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Greece - Bridge of Arta


Stamp Issue : 1980-05-22  


Stamp Issue : 1981-05-22 

Bridge of Arta is a stone bridge that crosses the Arachthos River (Αράχθος) near the city of Arta (Άρτα) in Greece. The bridge became famous from the eponymous legendary folk ballad, which is at the core about human sacrifice. From the ballad, a number of Greek proverbs and customary expressions arose, associated with interminable delays, as in the text of the ballad: "All day they built it, and in the evening it collapsed."
According to chronicler of Epirus Panayiotis Aravantinos, the bridge was constructed during Ancient Roman times. However, according to some traditions it was built when Arta became capital of the Despotate of Epirus, possibly under Michael II Ducas (1230-1271). Other alleged construction dates vary from 1602 to 1606. Seraphim, the Archbishop of Arta, has noted that the bridge was built, according to some tradition, by an Artan grocer.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hong Kong - Tsing Ma Bridge 青馬大橋


Stamp Issue : 1997-05-18  


Stamp Issue : 1998-07-06  


Stamp Issue : 1999-10-18  


Stamp Issue : 1999-12-31 

Tsing Ma Bridge is a bridge in Hong Kong. It is the world's seventh-longest span suspension bridge, and was the second longest at time of completion. The bridge was named after two of the islands at its ends, namely Tsing Yi and Ma Wan. It has two decks and carries both road and rail traffic, which also makes it the largest suspension bridge of this type. The bridge has a main span of 1,377 meters and bridge tower height of 206 meters. The span is the largest of all bridges in the world carrying rail traffic.
The 41 meters wide bridge deck carries six lanes of automobile traffic, with three lanes in each direction. The lower level contains two rail tracks. There are also two sheltered carriageways on the lower deck for maintenance access and as backup for traffic when particularly severe typhoons strike Hong Kong. Though road traffic would need to be closed in that case, trains could still get through in either direction.
Tsing Ma Bridge has become a favorite scenic spot as well as a famous landmark, attracts visitors from around the world.


Monday, December 15, 2008

Netherlands - Zeeland Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1968-04-09 

Zeeland Bridge (Dutch: Zeelandbrug) is the longest bridge in the Netherlands. The bridge spans the Oosterschelde estuary. It connects the islands of Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland in the province of Zeeland.
The Zeeland Bridge was built between 1963 and 1965. It has a total length of 5,022 metres, and consists of 48 spans of 95 metres, 2 spans of 72.5 metres and a movable bridge with a width of 40 metres.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

China - Jiujiang Yangtze River Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1996-09-01 

Jiujiang Yangtze River Bridge, at a length of 7,679 metres, is the longest across the Yangtze River. It is a combined road and rail bridge which crosses the Yangtze River. It links the Xunyang District of Jiujiang from the south and Xiaochi Town (Huangmei County, Hubei Province) from the north.
Jiujiang Yangtze Bridge was begun to be built in December, 1973. It is the eighthly built bridge across Yangtze River and the longest two-layer bridge in China. With 10 piers in the river and 11 girders, the spans vary from 126 to 216 meters.
Jiujiang Yangtze Bridge has now become an intersection of Jingjiu Railway since it was built, which improves the communications between the north and south, the east and west. It has played an important role in the interchanges of economy, cultures and tourism in the neighboring provinces. Therefore, Jiujiang has been put in a favorable geographical position.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Italy - St. Angelo Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1975-03-24 

Ponte Sant'Angelo, once the Aelian Bridge or Pons Aelius meaning the Bridge of Hadrian, is a bridge in Rome, constructed between 134-139 by Roman Emperor Hadrian, to span the Tiber River, from the city center to his newly constructed mausoleum, now the towering Castel Sant'Angelo. The bridge is faced with travertine marble and spans the Tiber with three arches; it was approached by means of ramp from the river. The bridge is now solely pedestrian, and provides a photogenic vista of the Castel Sant'Angelo. It links the rioni of Ponte (which was named after the bridge itself), and Borgo.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Brazil - Hercilio Luz Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1996-12-09 

Hercilio Luz Bridge in Florianopolis, the capital city of Santa Catarina State in southern Brazil. It is the longest suspension bridge in Brazil constructed to link the Island of Santa Catarina to the mainland.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Italy - St. Trinita Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1949-09-19 

St. Trinita Bridge (Ponte a Santa Trinità) is in Florence, across the river Arno, and close to the famous Vecchio Bridge. It was built in 1566 and reconstructed in 1949.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Portugal - Vila Real de Sto. Antonlo Bridge


Stamp Issue : 2006-09-14 

Vila Real de Sto. Antonlo Bridge is a new road bridge contruction to the north of Algarve, spanning the River Guadiana provides rapid connecting with Seville and the rest of Spain.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

France - Pont Marius Gontard 馬呂斯貢塔爾橋


Stamp Issue : 1971-05-29 

Marius Gontard Bridge (Pont Marius Gontard) spanning the Isere River, located in the city of Grenoble, in the capital of the department of Isère, in the Rhône-Alpes region, in southeastern France.
It is a three arch road bridge and located on the center of the city. It links the old town on the left bank to the Bastide Fortification on the other side.


Sunday, December 7, 2008

France - Pont Saint-Michel 聖米歇爾橋


Stamp Issue : 1947-05-07 

Saint-Michel Bridge (Pont Saint-Michel) across the River Seine, is a bridge in Paris, France, linking the Place Saint-Michel on the left bank to the Île de la Cité. It was named after the nearby chapel of Saint-Michel. It is near Sainte Chapelle and the Palais de Justice.
Saint-Michel Bridge first constructed in 1378, it has been rebuilt several times, most recently in 1857, with 62-metre-long and 30-metre-wide.