Sunday, May 19, 2013

Moses Bridge in the Netherlands

A Facebook friend posted an image of this bridge. As a fan of unusual structures, I wanted to see more. This video is a bit fuzzy in places, but it gets the idea across.

As for why this bridge was built, it provides access to Fort de Roovere. During the 17th century, a series of forts and moats were built to protect against invasion from France and Spain. When the fort was opened to the public, there was concern about blocking the dramatic view of the fort. The solution was to build a sunken bridge. Here's a link to some more interesting images (this bridge was a finalist in the Dutch Design Awards in 2011).

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