Monday, January 12, 2009

Romania - King Carol I Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1961-04-11  


Stamp Issue : 1972-06-25 

King Carol I Bridge (later renamed Anghel Saligny Bridge) was built between 1890 and 1895 in Romania over the Danube and Borcea and when it was completed it then became the longest bridge in Europe and the third in the world.
The bridge has a length of 4,037 metres of which 1662 m over the Danube and 920 m over Borcea and was designed by Romanian engineer Anghel Saligny. It is 30 metres above the water, allowing tall ships to pass under it. The bridge has four spans of 140 metres and one of 190 metres.
The two cities on the banks of the river which was built were Feteşti on the left side and Cernavodă on the right side. The bridge was used for almost a century, until it was replaced in 1987 with new bridge built next to it.
The bridge was inaugurated on 26 September 1895 and as a test on the opening, and over 100 years later the bridge is still in operation.

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