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.