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.