Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sweden - Arsta Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1956-12-01 

Arsta Bridge is a steel arch railway bridge, in central Stockholm, is located 45 meters west of the old Arsta Bridge (Eastern Årsta Bridge). Passing over the watercourse of Årstaviken and the islets Årsta holmar, they connect the major island Södermalm to the southern mainland district Årsta.
In this bridge next to a new Årsta Railway Bridge has been completed in 2005, it is an optimised and very complex ten-span pre-stressed concrete structure. Each span has a length of 78 meters. The bridge will include pedestrian and bicycle paths, as well as service roads on each side of the tracks.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Germany - Holzbrucke


Stamp Issue : 1992-09-10 

Holzbrucke cross Rhine-Main-Danube Canal in Essing, Bavaria, Germany.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Switzerland - St-Ursanne Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1977-05-02 

St-Ursanne Bridge spanning River Doubs in the small town of St-Ursanne, Switzerland. The monastery, first documented about 850 and the Doubs bridge dating from 1728 are two top attractions in this town, famous as a beautiful bijou.
A first bridge must have stood around 1440. It can be assumed that it was also built of wood, as was one known from an earlier 16th century depiction of the town. Chroniclers reported that the winter in 1670 was so cold that even the wine in the cellars froze. At that time the wooden bridge was destroyed by ice flowing down the Doubs. The bridge subsequently built in 1728/29 by master builder Brunet to plans by Advocate Humbert, was adorned by the figure of Nepomuk, who appears to gaze up river to the site of the former bridge.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Switzerland - Reuss Bridge


Stamp Issue : 2003-05-08 

Reussbrücke (Reuss Bridge) was built in 1877 in Rottenschwil, Switzerland.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Switzerland - Salginatobel Bridge


Stamp Issue : 2003-05-08 

Salginatobel Bridge is a reinforced concrete arch bridge designed by renowned Swiss civil engineer Robert Maillart. It was constructed across an alpine valley in Schiers, Switzerland between 1929 and 1930. In 1991, it was declared an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, the thirteenth such structure and the first concrete bridge so dedicated.
The Salginatobel bridge arch is 133m long in total, and its main element is a hollow concrete box girder over the central part of the arch. It carries a roadway 3.5m wide, supported on reinforced concrete pillars above the ends of the arches.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Czech Republic - Charles Bridge 查理大橋


Stamp Issue : 1949-09-01  


Stamp Issue : 1950-11-03  


Stamp Issue : 1957-02-23 

Charles Bridge (Karlův most) is a famous historical bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau), the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between the Old Town, Prague Castle and adjacent areas until 1841. This "solid-land" connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe. The bridge was originally called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) or the Prague Bridge (Pražský most) but has been the "Charles Bridge" since 1870.
The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 meters wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side. The Old Town bridge tower is often considered to be one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style buildings in the world. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, erected around 1700.
During the night the Charles Bridge is a quiet place. But during the day it changes its face into a very busy place, with painters, owners of kiosks and other traders alongside numerous tourists crossing the bridge.

查理大橋長516米,寬約10米,16個橋拱,兩端有3座橋塔,其中兩座位於布拉格小城一側,一座位於 布拉格老城一側。老城橋塔經常被認為是世界上最令人驚訝的世俗哥德式建築之一。該橋上安放有30座雕塑,其中多數為巴洛克風格,豎立於1700年前後。

Monday, September 7, 2009

Switzerland - Dei Salti Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1991-09-10 

Dei Salti Bridge cross Verzasca River is famous double-arched stone bridge in Lavertezzo, 536 m above sea level, is a quaint little village. It has the only baroque church of the valley. The bridge dates from the 17th century and partial destroyed 1906 by floods. Rebuilt in facsimile in 1958, but Also called by mistake as "Romano Bridge". Here has formed unique creations in the stones over time. Some of the stones look almost polished and the stratification has created fantastic patterns. The water in the pools is a deep turquoise. There are, however, warning signs in 4 languages (Italian, German, French and English) stressing the dangers of swimming in the river. As you can see with the hot weather people still gather on the rocks and dip into the refreshing waters to cool off.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Greece - Kastro Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1997-04-24 

Kastro Bridge in the village of the same name in Grevena, Macadonia.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

China - Zhaozhou Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1962-05-15 

Zhaozhou Bridge also known as Anchi Bridge is the world's oldest open-spandrel stone segmental arch bridge cross the Jiao River, about 50 m long with a central span of 37.37 m. It stands 7.3 m tall and has a width of 9 m. Credited to the design of a craftsman named Li Chun, the bridge was constructed in the years 595-605 during the Sui Dynasty (581–618). Located in the southern part of Hebei Province, it is the oldest standing bridge in China. In the next 1400 years, the bridge survived at least eight wars, ten major floods and numerous earthquakes, the nearest of which being the 7.2 degree Xingtai Earthquake in 1966. Yet, the support structure remains intact and the bridge is still in use. Only the ornamental railings have been replaced every few hundred years.

Friday, September 4, 2009

France - Pont de Cheviré 舍維雷大橋


Stamp Issue : 1991-04-27 

Chevire Bridge (Pont de Cheviré also known as viaduc de Cheviré), spanning across Loire River, is a road bridge 50km off the Atlantic coast that is located in Pays de la Loire region as well as the Loire-Atlantique departement in the capital city of Nantes in Western France.
This bridge has a length of 1,563 meters, and although it is situated on plateau ground, its height is 52 meters which allows large ships to pass through the Loire River to the harbour.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Portugal - Marshal Carmona Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1952-12-10 

Marshal Carmona Bridge also called Vila Franca de Xira Bridge crosses the Tagus River, links Vila Franca de Xira to the Lezíria region. It was inaugurated in 1951, is 1224 meter in length, measuring 524 meters with 104 metre spans. With more than 50 years, this bridge still represents a very important connection for everyone in the region.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Portugal - Águas Livres Aqueduct


Stamp Issue : 1973-09-05  


Stamp Issue : 1998-04-27 

Águas Livres Aqueduct is a historic aqueduct in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It is one of the most remarkable examples of 18th-century Portuguese engineering. The main course of the aqueduct covers 18 km, but the whole network of canals extends through nearly 58 km.
The city of Lisbon has always suffered from the lack of drinking water, and King John V decided to build an aqueduct to bring water from sources in the parish of Caneças, in the modern municipality of Odivelas.
Construction Design Engineer conceived the centerpiece of the aqueduct, the arches over the Alcantara valley, completed in 1744. A total of 35 arches cross the valley, covering 941 m. The tallest arches reach a height of 65 m, and many are pointed, reminiscent of arches in Gothic style. It is considered a masterpiece of engineering in the Baroque period.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Macau - Lotus Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1999-06-16 

Lotus Bridge (Ponte Flor de Lotus or Lotus Flower Bridge) is a cross border bridge linking the Cotai reclaimed area of Macau with Hengqin Island in Zhuhai, mainland China. The bridge is the second road crossing between China and Macau, the other being the Portas do Cerco Frontier Checkpoint on the northernmost point of Macau Peninsula.
The Lotus Bridge is located about 1 minute of road traffic west of Macau International Airport. The bridge has three lanes in each direction, with the south set of lanes following the custom of Macau's driving on the left towards China to the west. The approach roads to the bridge on the mainland side have an unusual arrangement to facilitate switching traffic to driving on the right in China.

Friday, August 28, 2009

France - Pont Vieux dl Niort 尼奧爾老橋


Stamp Issue : 1966-05-28 

Old Niort Bridge (Pont Vieux dl Niort) spanning the Sevre River (French: Sevre Niortaise) has 151 meters long and sits on 8 stone arches, build in 1035. The bridge near Saint-Andre Church, located in commune of Niort, in the Deux-Sèvres department in western France.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Spain - Puente Nuevo

Stamp Issue : 1977-06-24 

Puente Nuevo, whose name means "new bridge" in Spanish, is the newer and larger of two bridges that span the 120m-deep chasm that divides the city of Ronda in southern Spain. The bridge was built in 1751 and took a total of 42 years to build. The bridge is supposedly one of the most photographed structures in Spain. During the civil war that gripped Spain between 1936 - 1939 the nationalist forces under Franco threw the republicans from the bridge to their deaths in the chasm far below at the bottom of the El Tajo canyon.
The older, smaller bridge is the Puente Viejo which now carries only pedestrians.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Belgium - Jambes Bridge

Stamp Issue : 1953-06-23 

Jambes Bridge is an eight-arch stone bridge across the Meuse River, in Namur. It links the Castle on the left bank of the river to the lower part of the city on the other side. The bridge was constructed in the 16th century. It is the only old bridge in existence over the Meuse in the Belgian portion of its course.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mail - Martyrs Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1961-04-15 

Martyrs Bridge of Bamako Mali connects the older sections of the Malian capital to its broad suburbs on the south shore of the Niger River. One of two road bridges across the Niger at Bamako, it is also known as the "Old Bridge". Opened in 1957 when Mali was under French Colonial rule it was renamed the Martyrs Bridge after independence in 1961. Martyrs Bridge connects two of the main avenues of the city. Avenue Fluve, a broad boulevard enclosing the Square Lamumba which runs north towards the Presidential palace. From the south of the bridge runs Avenue de l'Unite Africain, the major route from the city centre south to Bamako-Senou Airport.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

France - Pont-Vieux de Laval 拉瓦勒的老橋


Stamp Issue : 1962-02-24 

Old Bridge (Pont Vieux) spanning Mayenne River, is a beautiful three arches stone bridge, built in the 15th century, located in Laval, in Mayenne department, in north-western France.
A 12th century castle, its ornamental spire was built in 1534 near the old bridge.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

France - Pedestrian Bridge over Canal de l'Ourcq 烏爾克運河上的行人橋


Stamp Issue : 1992-05-30 

A pedestrian bridge over Ourcq Canal (Frence: Canal de l'Ourcq), in Bondy, in the northeastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 10.9 km. from the center of Paris.


Friday, August 14, 2009

Belgium - Bridge in Brugge


Stamp Issue : 1954-05-15 

Three arch bridge over the Minnewater Canal, the Love Lake, at the enter of the Beguines Convent, in Brugge is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country.
Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It rightly deserves the name Venice of the north, canals, bridges and old city houses make it a very romantic place to visit. Recently the Beguine Convent was declared a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. This is one of the most romantique citys of the world, Bruges!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

France - Pont au Change


Stamp Issue : 1947-05-07  


Stamp Issue : 2005-09-17 

Pont au Change also known as the Grand Pont is a bridge over the Seine River in Paris, France. It was built in the middle of 1858-1860. It connects the Île de la Cité from the Palais de Justice and the Conciergerie, to the Right Bank, at the level of the Théâtre du Châtelet. It is located at the border between the Ier and the IVe arrondissements. It owes its name to the goldsmiths and money changers who had installed their shops on the bridge in the 12th century.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Italy - Trepponti Bridge


Stamp Issue : 2001-04-14 

Trepponti Bridge (Ponte dei Trepponti) is a pedestrian arch bridge (footbridge). The bridge in the heart of the city of Comacchio. It is a suggestive lagoon town that dates back to Late Roman times built on 13 islands in the middle of an extensive wetlands.
Trepponti Bridge was constructed in 1634 by the architect Luca Danese to the order of Cardinal Giovan Battista Pallotta and served as a city defence, connecting the canals to the main canal which leads to the sea. It is located in the historical town centre nearby the Bellini Palace on the square which housed the fish market. The bridge consists of two front and three back staircases, each spanning a canal.

Friday, June 26, 2009

United States - Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge

Stamp Issue : 2006-05-27 

Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the Connecticut River between Cornish, New Hampshire and Windsor, Vermont. It was the longest covered bridge still standing in the United States until the Smolen-Gulf Bridge opened in Ohio in 2008.
The bridge is approximately 137 meters long and 7.3 meters wide. It has a Town lattice type truss. The bridge was originally built in 1866, and rebuilt in 1988. It was designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 1970.