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.


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