18 September 2017

The world has an abundance of "Devil's Bridges"


The one in the photo above (that doesn't look real...) is the Rakotzbrücke at the Azalea and Rhododendron Park Kromlau (Germany).  (summer photo)
Devil's Bridge is a term applied to dozens of ancient bridges, found primarily in Europe. Most of these bridges are stone or masonry arch bridges and represent a significant technological achievement. Each of the Devil's Bridges has a corresponding Devil-related myth or folktale. Local lore often wrongly attributes these bridges to the Roman era, but in fact many of them are medieval, having been built between 1000 and 1600 AD. In medieval times some Roman roads were themselves considered beyond human capabilities and needs, and therefore had to have been built by the devil.
List of such bridges and some legends at the link.

2 comments:

  1. I just got back from a trip to France that included swimming in the Ardèche river beneath the Pont du Diable / Devil's Bridge in Thueyts. It spans a very narrow gap where the river plunges out of the mountains into a wider valley, and the force of the water passing through the gap has scoured out the floor of the gap so deeply that people jump from the bridge into the water--probably a good 60 feet up! https://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/42728945.jpg

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  2. In medieval times some Roman roads were themselves considered beyond human capabilities and needs
    Wow, it's the medieval equivalent of Ancient Aliens.

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