Thursday, October 30, 2008

France - Pont Vieux de Béziers 貝濟耶老橋


Stamp Issue : 1968-09-07 

Old Bridge Beziers (Pont Vieux de Béziers), spanning across the Orb River, is a 13th century Roman 17-arches stone bridge that is located in Beziers, Herault Department of Southern, France.
This bridge has undergone various changes in appearance from 14th to 16th century but its pillars are still firmly attached to the river bed. Ministry of Culture of France has made it a historical architecture on 18 June 1963.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bulgaria - Devil's Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1984-10-05 

Devil's Bridge is an arch bridge over the Arda River situated in a narrow gorge. It is located 10 km from the Bulgarian town of Ardino in the Rhodope Mountains and is part of the ancient road connecting the lowlands of Thrace with the north Aegean Sea coast.
It is not certain when the Dyavolski most was built, with various sources stating from the 14th to the early 17th century. The bridge, the largest and best known of its kind in the Rhodopes, is 56 m long and has three arches, but also features holes with small semicircular arches to read water level. The Dyavolski most has a width of 3.5 m and its main arch is 11.50 m high. A stone parapet, 12 cm in height, is preserved on the sides, and breakwaters are placed opposite the stream.
The bridge was proclaimed a monument of culture on 24 February 1984.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Germany - Obere Bridge in Bamberg


Stamp Issue : 1978-05-25 

Obere Bridge is known as a bridge-City Hall or Old Town Hall, is one of the most outstanding monuments of the city of Bamberg ever. In connection with the bridgehead buildings Upper Bridge 2 and Upper Bridge 3 is a unique urban ensemble. Bamberg is a town in Bavaria, Germany. It is located in Upper Franconia on the River Regnitz, close to its confluence with the river Main. Bamberg is one of the few cities in Germany that was not destroyed by World War II bombings. Bamberg is home to nearly 7,000 foreign nationals, including over 4,100 members of the United States Army and their dependents. The name Bamberg supposed to have its origin in the House of Babenberg.


Monday, October 27, 2008

New Caledonia - Marguerite La Foa Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1985-05-10 

Marguerite La Foa Bridge was built in 1909 to replace a wood bridge become obsolete. The choice was made on a metal suspension bridge which was to allow the passage of the cars, a bridge of the Gisclard type under license of Arnodin construction was selected. Built, checked to the factories of the Châteauneuf-on-Loire, it then was transported, assembled then inaugurated on June 25, 1909. Its name, the "Marguerite footbridge" comes from the first name of the wife of the governor of New Caledonia, Marguerite Richard who cut the ribbon at the time of this inauguration. Length of 48m for a chaussee of 3m broad, it could support automobile overloads of 4ton on two axles, of the work of reinforcement completed into 1927 increased this load to 10 Ton.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Honduras - Mallol Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1978-09-29 

Mallol Bridge in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras and is also the country's largest city. Tegucigalpa is also the capital of Honduras's Francisco Morazán department. The bridge in the center of the city, close to the Central Bank and the Legislative Palace.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Singapore - Anderson Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1996-10-09 

Anderson Bridge is a one span vehicular truss bridge that spans across the Singapore River. It is located near the river's mouth in the Downtown Core Planning Area of Singapore's Central Area.
The bridge was completed in 1910. The elegant bridge displays an excellent combination of intricate plaster and metalwork unmatched by any other bridge locally. It comprises three steel arches with supporting steel ribs extending across them, two rusticated archways and a fluted pier at each end.
Anderson Bridge currently still serves as a vehicular bridge, and connects the financial district directly to City Hall. The bridge is located near The Fullerton Hotel (previously Fullerton Building) and the former Merlion Park.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Luxembourg - Castle Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1963-04-13 

Castle Bridge in Luxembourg was built in 1735 and totally restored in 1992/93. It's a red stone archway, that links the Count Siegfoi's 10th century castle to the old town. It can be found near the Bock casemates.
In 1735 the Austrians replaced the drawbridge, that was until then the only access to the city from the north, by this stone bridge. At that time, the fortress had already reached almost it's full extension, making it one of the strongest fortresses in the world, which is why it was called "Gibraltar of the North". Architects like Vauban, the chief architect of the French King Louis XIV, as well as various Spanish and Austrians reenforced the fortress successively in order to adapt it to the ever evolving weapon technology.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

France - Martou Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1968-07-20 

Martou Bridge in Rochefort is a transporter bridge (also Ferry Bridge or aerial transfer bridge) is a type of movable bridge that carries a segment of roadway across a river. The gondola is slung from a tall span by wires or a metal frame. The design has been used to cross navigable rivers or other bodies of water, where there is a requirement for ship traffic to be able to pass.
The Bridge built by Ferdinand Arnodin in 1900. It has a central movable span with 92.40 meters (when it was built it was the biggest in Europe) and changes its elevation in 28 meters. It is the furthest downstream bridge across the River Tees. It connects Middlesbrough on the south bank to Port Clarence on the north bank. It is a transporter bridge, carrying a travelling 'car' or 'gondola' suspended from the bridge, across the river in 90 seconds. The cart can carry 200 people, 9 cars or 6 cars and one minibus. It carries the A178 road from Middlesbrough to Hartlepool.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Yugoslavia - Arslanagica Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1987-10-15 

Arslanagica Bridge (called also "Perovica Bridge" since last war was built by Mehmed-pasa Sokolovic in 1574, during Turkish occupation. It has been his pious endowment to his son who was killed in fights with Venetians. When Turks were pushed out of Herceg Novi in 1687, many Turkish families from this town moved to Trebinje. Among them there was Arslan-aga. He got possessions in the east from Trebinje: on Zubci, Necvjece and Jasen, as well as the right to charge bridge-toll across the bridge on the Trebisnjica River. Since then, the bridge was named the Arslanagica Bridge after him. By building hydroelectric system on the Trebisnjica River, the bridge finished under water of storage lake in 1965. At the request of Institute for protection of monuments of culture, the bridge has been dismantled and moved down the river in 1966, when vacation of the accumulation took place. The new location of the Arslanagica Bridge has been between settlement Gradina (on the right shore of the river) and settlement Police (on the left shore). Since 1993, the bridge has also been called the Perovica Bridge.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Macau - Macau-Taipa Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1974-10-07  


Stamp Issue : 1981-06-  


Stamp Issue : 1985-05-27  


Stamp Issue : 1994-10-08 

Macau-Taipa Bridge (Ponte Governador Nobre de Carvalho) is a dual-lane two-way bridge connecting Macau Peninsula near Casino Lisboa and the island of Taipa at the northern slope of Taipa Pequena (Small Taipa Hill). It is the first bridge in the former Portuguese colony of Macau, now a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, to connect the peninsula and Taipa. It is locally known as the "Old Bridge".
Night view of the bridge. Construction started in June 1970, during Portuguese rule. With a length of 2,569.8 metres a width of 9.2 metres, it was open to traffic in October 1974. The middle of the bridge is raised, in the shape of a triangular arc, to allow vessels to pass through. The highest point of the bridge is 35 metres above sea level. Once the longest continuous bridge on Earth, it is named after José Manuel de Sousa e Faria Nobre de Carvalho, the Governor of Macau from November 25, 1966 to November 19, 1974.
The bridge is meant to take the shape of a dragon, with Casino Lisboa representing the dragon's head, and Taipa Monument on Taipa Pequena the dragon's tail. Due to the construction around Casino Lisboa, the bridge was temporarily closed in 2005. As of 2006, the bridge is open again, but only to buses and taxis.

Monday, October 20, 2008

United States - Verrazano-Narrows Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1964-11-21  


Stamp Issue : 2006-05-27 

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a double-decked suspension bridge that connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City at the Narrows, the reach connecting the relatively protected upper bay with the larger lower bay.
The bridge is named for Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, the first known European navigator to enter New York Harbor and the Hudson River, while crossing The Narrows in 1524. It has a center span of 1,298 m and was the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its completion in 1964, until it was surpassed by the Humber Bridge in the United Kingdom in 1981. It now has the eighth longest center span in the world, and is the largest suspension bridge in the United States. Its massive towers can be seen throughout a good part of the New York metropolitan area, including from spots in all five boroughs of New York City.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Spain - Roman Bridge of Salamanca


Stamp Issue : 1968-05-15 

Tormes River Bridge was an old Roman bridge, near the old cathedral, in Salamanca.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Netherlands - Culemborg Railroad Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1968-04-09 

Culemborg Railroad Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in Holland was the one over the river Lek near Culemborg which reached the age of 114 years. The building in 1863-1867 made it possible to travel by rail between the North of The Netherlands and the South. It was a huge achievement at that time, as knowledge about iron and steel wasn't at a very high level. The main bridge was 154 meters long, the total length was 670 meters. In the year 1982 it has been replaced by a much more normal one. The old bridge couldn't bear todays heavy trains anymore.


Friday, October 17, 2008

Hungary - Vale Bridge

Stamp Issue : 1973

Vale Bridge (Völgyhíd) is two arches of the viaduct in Veszprém, situated north of the Lake Balaton, Hungary. Built in 1938, connect Jerusalem Hill with Cemetery Hill (Temetőhegy).

Thursday, October 16, 2008

France - Pont Vieux in Montauban 蒙托邦的老橋


Stamp Issue : 1980-05-17 

Old Bridge (Pont Vieux) spanning the River Tarn has seven arches is a remarkable bridge of the early 14th century. This bridge located in town of Montauban, in the Tarn-et-Garonne department in the Midi-Pyrénées region in southwestern France.
King Philip the Fair of France officially launched the building of the bridge in 1303 while on a tour to Toulouse. The project took 30 years to complete, and the bridge was inaugurated in 1335. It is a pink brick structure over 205 meters in length, but while its fortified towers have disappeared, it is otherwise in good preservation.
The bridge is a straight level bridge, which is quite unusual for Medieval Europe, where lack of technological skills meant that most bridges were humpback bridges.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Spain - Roman Bridge of Zamora


Stamp Issue : 1965 

Zamora Roman Bridge is the fourteenth century bridge over the Duero, with its sixteen pointed arches, in Zamora city in Castile and León, Spain.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Morocco - Kintera-ben-el-Meddouk Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1947-48 

Kintera-ben-el-Meddouk Bridge in the Medina of the city of Fès.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Japan - Biwako Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1981-10-09 

Biwako Bridge (Lake Biwa Bridge) is the bridge across Lake Biwa (the biggest in Japan), in Katata, Shiga. It is 1350m long, and 26.3m over the lake. Built to link Otsu and Moriyama cities in 1964, this bridge has a cycle only path and is free to use for cyclists and pedestrians.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Hungary - Széchenyi Chain Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1949-11-20  


Stamp Issue : 1958-12-31  


Stamp Issue : 1961-09-24  


Stamp Issue : 1963-10-29  


Stamp Issue : 1964-11-21  


Stamp Issue : 1969-05-22  


Stamp Issue : 1973-05-11 

Széchenyi Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. It was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest, and was opened in 1849.
The bridge was opened in 1849, and thus became the first permanent bridge in the Hungarian capital. At the time, its center span of 202 m was one of the largest in the world. The pairs of lions at each of the abutments were added in 1852. The bridge was given its current name in 1898.
The bridge's steel structure was totally updated and strengthened in 1914. In World War II, the bridge was damaged, and it needed to be rebuilt. The rebuilding was completed in 1949.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Switzerland - Perolles Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1992-05-30 

Perolles Bridge (Pont de Pérolles) across the Saane/Sarine River, in Fribourg, Switzerland.
It Built in 1920 - 1922, 380 m in length and 85 m in height above valley floor or water.

EPFL: Guide des ponts de Fribourg: Les ingénieurs du pont de Pérolles
Ponts de Fribourg: Le pont de pérolles

Friday, October 10, 2008

Luxembourg - Stierchen Bridge 史泰欽橋


Stamp Issue : 2003-05-20 

Stierchen Bridge is a small stone arch footbridge across the Alzette valley in Luxembourg.
The wall of this 14th century small stone bridge was reinforced in the 16th century to meet the needs of the artillery.
Stierchen Bridge in the lower town of Luxembourg called "Grund", is part of the Wenceslas wall (Wenzelsmauer), fortifications which have been added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO.