Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Czech Republic - Nusle Bridge 娜斯樂大橋


Stamp Issue : 1980-05-06 

Nusle Bridge (Nuselský most) is a large reinforced concrete viaduct in Prague. It spans the Nusle Valley just south of the city center, and connects to the Pankrác district and southeastern parts of Prague. There is a 6-lanes highway on the surface and the Prague Metro C-Line passes through its interior.
The bridge is 485 meters long, 26.5 meters wide, with four pillars 42.5 meters tall. Construction began in 1968, the Nusle bridge opened on February 22, 1973. A major artery for north-south traffic, the bridge is crucially important to Prague’s transportation network. Nusle Bridge also has a nickname "Suicide Bridge" due to the number of suicides and attempted suicides since its completion. Tall chain link fences topped with polished metal were installed along the sidewalk in 1997 and 2007 to prevent further suicides.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Czech Republic - Peace Bridge 和平大橋


Stamp Issue : 1955-12-15 

Situated in north-west of Brno, Peace Bridge (Miru Most) is a railroad viaduct between Brno and Havlíčkův Brod in Czech Republic and spans the valley of River Libochůvka in Dolní Loučky. Built between 1939 and 1953, the bridge is 300 meters long, 30 meters high. Its main arch with a span of 120 meters is the biggest reinforced concrete arch in the Czech Republic.

位於捷克波爾德西北的東尼洛斯基, 和平大橋是一座連結布爾諾與哈夫利奇庫夫淺灘之間的高架鐵道橋。跨越利博霍卡河谷,這座橋長300公尺,高30公尺。建於1939年至1953年間,主拱的跨距為120公尺是捷克最大的鋼筋混凝土鐵路拱橋。

Monday, June 28, 2010

China - Rainbow Wind and Rain Bridge 虹橋風雨樓


Stamp Issue : 2009-06-23 

The Rainbow Wind and Rain Bridge (Hongqiao Fengyulou) spans the Tuo River of the Phoenix County (Fenghuang County) in Hunan Province. Originally named the Crouching Rainbow bridge, erected in 1670 (the 9th year of the reign of Qing Emperor Kangxi), the stone arch bridge was built with the local red stone. Restored in 1914, it is renamed to Rainbow Bridge (Hongqiao).
With two piers and three arches in boat-shape, not only beautiful, the piers reduce the river flow momentum. Along each side of the original bridge, built are the 12 wooden houses as if they are hanging over the bridge (Diaojiaolou Mubanfang) are used for restaurants and retail shops. The pedestrian promenade in the center is two meter wide. The roof added on top of the promenade keeps the wind and rain out. Hence, the bridge is also called the Wind and Rain Bridge.
In 1955, with the structures removed, the bridge was turned into a road bridge. Starting in 1999, it took a year to reconstruct the houses and restore the bridge to its original look. Both sides of the bridges are for shops and retail use again.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

France - Pont de Normandie 諾曼地大橋


Stamp Issue : 1995-01-20

Stamp Issue : 2009-04-25 

Normandie Bridge (Pont de Normandie) is a cable-stayed road bridge that spanning the River Seine linking Le Havre to Honfleur in Normandy, northern France. Its total length is 2,143.21 meters (856 meters between the 2 piers).
The bridge was designed by Michel Virlogeux began in 1988 and lasted 7 years. The bridge opened on January 20, 1995. At that time the bridge was both the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, and had the record for the longest distance between piers for any cable-stayed bridge. The cable-stayed design was chosen because it was both cheaper and more resistant to high winds than a suspension bridge.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

England - Humber Bridge 亨伯大橋


Stamp Issue : 1983-05-25 

Humber Bridge is the fifth-largest single-span suspension bridge in the world, near Kingston upon Hull in England. It spans the Humber between Barton-upon-Humber on the south bank and Hessle on the north bank, with a centre span of 1,410 meters and a total length of 2,220 meters, connecting the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
Plans for a bridge were originally drawn up in the 1930s, and were revised in 1955, but work did not begin until 26 July 1972. The bridge opened to traffic on 24 June 1981. It was opened officially by HM The Queen on 17 July 1981.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Indonesia - Jembatan Kota Intan 哥打因坦拖曳橋


Stamp Issue : 1995-08-19 

Kota Intan Drawbridge (Jembatan Kota Intan) is a small Dutch wooden drawbridge that spans across the great canal of Ciliwung River which is located in Kali Besar, in Jarkata, Indonesia.
It was built in the 17th century, during the development of Batavia (modern day Java) by the Dutch East India Company. Nevertheless, the shape and style were unchanged, but its name was changed to "Juliana-Bernhard". After Indonesia's declaration of independence, its name changed to Jembatan Kota Intan.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

France - Bridge at the Citadel of Port-Louis 路易港堡壘的橋


Stamp Issue : 1976-12-04 

The three-arch bridge is located at the entrance of the Citadel of Port-Louis in Port-Louis in the Morbihan department in Bretagne in north-western France.
The citadel of Port-Louis was built between 1590 and 1598 during the Spanish occupation and then rebuilt in 1626 by France itself. It served as a prison and torture center during the German occupation in the Second World War.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

China - Jade Belt Bridge 玉帶橋


Stamp Issue : 2008-05-10 

Jade Belt Bridge (Yudai Qiao, aka Camel Back Bridge) is one of the six famous bridges in the Summer Palace in Beijing. Situated on the West Dike (Xidi) of Kunming Lake, the bridge is so highly arched like a camel's back that the single arch spans 11.38 meters and is about 7.5 meters high. During the reign of the Qianlong Emperor of Qing Dynasty (1736-1795), Jade Belt Bridge was built in the years 1751 to 1764.
The bridge is built with marble and other white stone. The pointed arch with ornate marble-carved balustrades and the contour lines from two sides of the bridge are woven extraordinary elegantly and resembles a jade belt. Under the bridge is spring water from Jade Spring Hills (Yuquan Shan) to inlet of the Kunming Lake. A passage to Jade Spring Hills, the clearance of the arch allows the tall dragon barges to sail under the bridge easily.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

France - Old Bridge in front of Porte Chaussée 波特肖西前的老橋


Stamp Issue : 1939-06-23 

In front of Porte Chaussée was an ancient stone arch bridge across Meuse River in Verdun city in the Meuse department in Lorraine in north-eastern France. Lorraine is the only French region to have borders with three other countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany, which gives its location strategic significance.
Porte Chaussée is an impressive gateway into the city and dates back to 15th century. Nowadays it has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in the town, where in 1916 the famous Battle of Verdun of the First World War took place. The old bridge was replaced by a concrete bridge later.


Monday, June 21, 2010

France - Pont de la Basse-Chaîne 巴塞-謝納橋


Stamp Issue : 1941- 

Angers Bridge, also called the Basse-Chaîne Bridge (Pont de la Basse-Chaîne), spanned the Maine River near Château d'Angers, a medieval castle, in the city of Angers in the Maine-et-Loire department in north-western France.
Designed by Joseph Chaley and Bordillon and constructed between 1836 and 1839 and, it was a suspension bridge spanning 102 meters. The bridge collapsed suddenly in 1850 when 478 French Soldiers were marching across it, which caused 226 fatalities. The tragic accident made France halt all its ongoing constructions of suspension bridges for 20 years.
To replace the collapsed one, a 6-arch stone bridge was built at the same location starting 1851. It was completed and opened on April 4th, 1856. In memory of the dead soldiers, a commemorative plaque was installed by the side of the bridge. In 1960 the stone bridge was removed and then replaced by a girder bridge of reinforced concrete.


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Italy - Ponte di Rialto 里奧多橋


Stamp Issue : 2007-03-16 

Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) is one of the three bridges that spans the Grand Canal and one of the most ancient bridge in the Renaissance style in Venice, Italy.
Built in 1181, the bridge was originally a pontoon bridge, then rebuilt into a wooden bridge in 1225. As it had been burned and collapsed before, it requires special care and maintenance. Numerous proposals were made to have the bridge rebuild in stone since 1503. It wasn't until 1588 that the reconstruction of the bridge was finally started. Antonio da Ponte, the architect designed and converted the bridge into a single arch stone bridge which was finally completed in 1591.
With two inclined ramps, full of shops and stalls on both sides, covered by a portico, unique in its shape, the bridge has a 28.80 meters main span, is 48 meters long, 22.90 meters wide, 7.32 meters high and becomes a representative piece of Venice architecture.
The bridge has three walkways: two along the outer balustrades, and a wider central walkway leading between two rows of small shops and stalls. It has become the most visited tourist attractions of Venice.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

France - Stone Bridge in front of Porte Fauroeulx 福勒門前的石橋


Stamp Issue : 1938-

Stamp Issue : 2009-06-19 

The stone bridge spans Vauban Lake by Le Quesnoy in the Nord department in northern France. It gives access to the “Porte Fauroeulx”, the main entrance to the fortification. Le Quesnoy is a walled city, and was a German strongpoint during World War I. Late in the conflict the town was assaulted and seized by forces from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, an event that is commemorated to this day.


Friday, June 18, 2010

France - Bridge in front of Château de Châteaudun 沙托丹城堡前的橋


Stamp Issue : 1950-11-25 

In front of Château de Châteaudun was an ancient segmental arch bridge across Loir River, in the city of Châteaudun in the département of Eure-et-Loir in north-eastern France.
The castle was built between the 12th and 16th centuries. Renovated since the 1930s, the castle has been classed as a French historic monument since 1918.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

France - Pont de Rupt-Aux-Nonains 呂鎮-歐-鹿瑙橋


Stamp Issue : 1994-07-04 

Rupt-aux-Nonains Bridge (Pont de Rupt-Aux-Nonains) spans across Saulx River in the small villages of Rupt-aux-Nonains, Meuse department, Lorraine, north-eastern France.
This ancient arches bridge was built in 1557, the span length was 8 x 3.90 meters and deck width was 4.40 meters.

這座古老的拱橋建於1557年,跨距8 x 3.90公尺長,橋面4.40公尺寬。

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

France - Pont de Gien 吉恩大橋


Stamp Issue : 1973-08-18 

Gien Bridge (Pont de Gien) spans across Loire River in Gien, Loiret department, Northern-Central France. This old medieval bridge is a masonry bridge which connects to the main road 941 and was completed in 1734, repaired in 1945.
Chateau de Gien, a castle in front of the bridge, was built from 1494 to 1500 and had been classified as a historic monument since 1918 and transformed into Hunting Museum.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

France - Stone bridge at Cognac 干邑鎮石橋


Stamp Issue : 1961-10-07 

Stone bridge spans across River Charente in the town of Cognac in Charente department in France. It is a road bridge links the Route de la Petite Arche to the Boulevard de Chatenay,
Cognac is situated on the river Charente between the towns of Angoulême and Saintes. The majority of the town has been built on the river's left bank, with the smaller right bank area known as the Saint Jacques district.


Monday, June 14, 2010

France - Pont de Kerisper 克瑞斯培大橋


Stamp Issue : 1969-02-15 

Kerisper Bridge (Pont de Kerisper) is a beautiful white-colored arch bridge what is located in La Trinite-sur-Mer in Bretagne, Northwestern France connecting to the nearby Saint-Philibert.
Originally a steel beam bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel, started use in 1901, due to its destruction of the German army in 1944, was rebuilt into a 203m long arch bridge in 1956-1958 at the mouth of Crac'h River.
As the bridge is constantly exposed to the processes of denudation by nature, it has been repaired again in 2009 for 3 years.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

France - Pont du Moutier 穆捷橋


Stamp Issue : 1976-10-09 

Moutier Bridge (Pont du Moutier) also named Navire Bridge (Pont du Navire) spans across River Duralle, in Thiers, Puy-de-Dôme department, Auvergne, central France.
The bridge was built in 17th century and has 3 arches, the main span 7 meters long, other two spans each 5.3 and 5.4 meters long, roadway/carriageway with 3.3 meters wide.


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Romania - Giurgeni - Vadul Oii Bridge 久爾杰尼 –瓦都歐尼大橋


Stamp Issue : 1974-01-28 

Giurgeni - Vadul Oii Bridge is a four lanes highway bridge (link the E60 European highway), over the Danube between Giurgeni commune and Vadu Oii village, in Romania,
The bridge was built in the period 1966-1970. It is main span of 160 meters, and 1,450 meters in total length with the main structure is composed of a constructed as a steel truss girder bridge.

久爾杰尼 –瓦都歐尼大橋是羅馬尼亞一座4車道公路橋(銜接歐洲E60公路),跨越久爾杰尼地區與瓦都歐尼村落之間的多瑙河。
此橋建於1966–1970年間,它主跨距160公尺,總長1 450公尺,係連續鋼桁架梁橋結構。

Friday, June 11, 2010

France - Pont de l'Archevêché 大主教橋


Stamp Issue : 1947-01-06 

Archbishop's Bridge (Pont de l'Archevêché) is a 3-arch stone bridge crossing the Seine River by the side of Cathédrale Notre Dame in Paris, France.
The bridge links the 4th Arrondissement, at the Île de la Cité, to the 5th Arrondissement, between the quai de Montebello and the quai de la Tournelle. Built in 1828, it is the narrowest bridge in Paris. It is 68 meters long, 17 meters wide and 11 meters high. Its 3 arches have low clearances, which do cause an impediment to river traffic. However, in spite of a municipal decision in 1910 to rebuild it, the bridge was never replaced.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

France - Pont de Recouvrance 雷克蘭斯橋


Stamp Issue : 1957-07-06 

Recouvrance Bridge (Pont de Recouvrance) is a movable bridge across the River Penfeld in the city of Brest in the Finistère department in Brittany in north-western France. Opened on July 17th, 1954, it was the largest vertical lift bridge in Europe until the opening of the Pont Gustave-Flaubert in 2008.
Each pylon of the bridge is 70 meters high and its 525-tonne moving cradle is 88 meters long. It links the bottom of the rue de Siam to the quartier de Recouvrance, replacing a swing bridge destroyed by Allied bombardment in 1944.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

France - Pont dl Jurancon 朱朗松大橋


Stamp Issue : 1939-08-25 

Jurancon Bridge (Pont dl Jurancon) crosses over the Gave de Pau in Pau, the capital of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in Aquitaine in south-western France.
This ancient stone arch bridge plays an important role in connecting the Château de Pau, a Renaissance-style castle, and the Town Center of Jurancon. The castle is classified as a national historic site (Monument historique) since 1840 by the French Ministry of Culture.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Austria - Falkenstein-Brücke 福克石大橋


Stamp Issue : 1980-09-04 

Located in Obervellach in Carinthia (Kärnten) near Castle Falcon's Stone (Burg Falkenstein), the Falcon's Stone Bridge (Falkenstein-Brücke) spans a side valley of the Mölltal. Built between 1971 and 1973, the bridge is a reinforced concrete structure , 396 meters long, with two arches, each spans 120 meters and 150 meters, 7.5 meters wide and 90 meters high.
Falcon's Stone Bridge is one of the largest two-track railway bridges in Austria. It is also the longest bridge in the Tauern Railway Line.


Monday, June 7, 2010

Luxembourg - Covered bridge in Ardennes-Eifel National Park 阿登-艾弗爾國家公園的廊橋


Stamp Issue : 1999-05-17 

It was at Weilerbach, near Echternach, where the tourist associations of the Eifel and Luxembourg met in 1965 to create a joint cross-border national park in the Ardennes-Eifel region. A covered footbridge for pedestrians connects the two banks of the Sûre.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Australia - Sydney Harbour Bridge 雪梨海港大橋


Stamp Issue : 1932-03-14  


Stamp Issue : 1996-10-21  


Stamp Issue : 2004-03-02  


Stamp Issue : 2009-06-26 

Sydney Harbour Bridge, also affectionately known as "The Coat Hanger", is the world's largest steel through arch bridge across the beautiful Sydney Harbour with the Sydney Opera House nearby. It has become a renowned international icon for both Sydney and Australia.
The construction started in 1924. The Bridge was officially opened on March 19, 1932. Its total length including approach spans is 1,149 meters and its arch span is 503 meters. The top of the arch is 134 meters above sea level and the clearance for shipping under the deck is a spacious 49 meters.
The bridge now carries eight vehicle lanes, two train lines, a walkway and a bicycle lane.