Category Archives: Historic Bridges

Rain, Steam and Speed

Joseph Mallord William Turner and Isambard Kingdom Brunel were the leading British practitioners in their respective fields in the 19th Century.  Their works came together in Turner’s painting “Rain, Steam and Speed”, which depicts Brunel’s Maidenhead Railway Bridge over the … Continue reading

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Bridges Over the Tiber -3

See Bridges Over the Tiber -1 for location map. The final installment of Bridges Over the Tiber brings us to the six bridges built in the 20 th Century, which can be grouped in three pairs: two copies of the ancient … Continue reading

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Bridges Over the Tiber -2

See the previous post for location map. Following the construction of the Ponte Sisto in 1473 no more new bridges were built over the Tiber in Rome until 1885, then six were built (or at least started) in six years, seven if … Continue reading

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Bridges over the Tiber – 1

The tourist map of Rome shows 17 bridges over the River Tiber in the central district, dating from 140 BC to 1981.  For those in Rome it makes a pleasant day’s stroll to visit each one, but for those who can’t … Continue reading

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What have the Romans ever done for us?

Maybe the Romans can  fairly claim the credit for spreading the aqueduct from Portugal to the Middle East, but the voussoir arch, typical of Roman aqueduct construction, did not originate with them. The first known voussoir arches were constructed by … Continue reading

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