Wednesday, January 14, 2009

France - Pont Valentré 瓦倫垂大橋


Stamp Issue : 1955-10-15  


Stamp Issue : 1957-07-19  


Stamp Issue : 2008-08-13 

Valentré Bridge (Pont Valentré) is a 14th century fortified bridge crossing the Lot River to the west of Cahors, in France. It has become a symbol of the city. It is construction began in 1308, but it lasted for more than half a century. In 1879 it was repaired and it had some alterations. It has seven ogival arches and three towers with 40 meters in height, with defensive functions and being a very good example of the middle age military architecture. The Valentré Bridge listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hungary - Francis Joseph Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1947-03-05  

Stamp Issue : 1961-09-24


Stamp Issue : 1964-11-21 

Francis Joseph Bridge, also known as Liberty Bridge, crosses the Danube River in Budapest. It's one of famous bridges on the town that links the between Buda and Pest. The bridge was built between 1894 and 1896 to the plans of János Feketeházy and was opened in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph. It is 333.6 m in length and 20.1 m in width. The top of the four masts are decorated with large bronze statues of the Turul, a falcon-like bird, prominent in ancient Hungarian mythology.

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.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Brazil - Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge


Stamp Issue : 2007-04-21 

Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge (Portuguese: Ponte Juscelino Kubitschek), also known as the President JK Bridge or just the JK Bridge, crosses Lake Paranoá in Brasília, D.F. It is named for Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, former president of Brazil, who in the late 1950s decided to build Brasília as the new capital of the country. It was designed by architect Alexandre Chan and structural engineer Mário Vila Verde.
The main span structure has four supporting pillars submerged under Lake Paranoá, and the deck weight is supported by three 200-foot tall asymmetrical steel arches that crisscross diagonally. The decks are suspended by steel cables alternating at each side of the deck, interlacing in some kind of twisted plane (parabolic like). The entire structure has a total length of 1,200 m, and it was completed at a cost of US$56.8 million. The bridge has a pedestrian walkway and is accessible to bicyclists and skaters.