Water bridges are structures that help move along small ships over rivers, railways, roads and gorges via passable waterways. Another term commonly used is for this type of structure is the aqueduct. Back in the olden days, aqueducts were used to supply water to cities. Now, they are modern day canal systems that are used as another option for transport. Who would have thought that something which dates back to early Egypt and Babylon could become something as vital as the water bridges which we make use of now?
We have the Romans to thank for this engineering genius of an architecture because they were able to come up with a structure that is necessary for survival of communities. Below are three of the most spectacular, if not magnificent, water bridges ever created by man:
1 Madgeburg Water Bridge
The Madgeburg water bridge is the longest aqueduct, 918 metres long, in the world.
It connects Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal in Germany.
The water bridge took six years to construct.
The most popular and the longest water bridge in the world is located in no other than, Germany. The Madgeburg water bridge connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal, making it easy for ships to cross the Elbe. Taking six years to build, the Madgeburg is 918 metres long.
Before the construction, the ships were required to make a 12-kilometer detour to offload their cargo just before they crossed low water levels.
2 Veluwemeer Aqueduct
The Veluwemeer water bridge is located in Eastern Netherlands.
The Veluwemeer is only 3 metres deep and allows only small boats to pass through.
The street underneath the bridge connects the mainland to Flevoland province.
Found in Harderwijk Netherlands, this unique aqueduct is merely 25 metres long. The Veluwemeer is 3 metres deep and is constructed over a road where 28,000 vehicles travel every single day. Only small boats are allowed to pass through, while walkways at each side of the bridge allow pedestrians to pass by.
3 Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
The Pontcysyllte aqueduct is the largest in Britain and is a World Heritage Site.
This water bridge was constructed to connect the Denbigshire coalmines to the national canal systems of the Britain.
It is held up by 18 ashlar stone piers and stands at a height of 126 feet.
The 18-km long Pontcysyllte water bridge was constructed as far back as 1805. It can be crossed via Wrexham Country Borough in Wales either by foot or boat and was built to connect the Denbigshire coalmines to the national canal system way back during the Industrial Revolution. It stands to be the largest aqueduct in Britain and is now considered a World Heritage Site.
Hey, Vampire Lovers! Count Dracula’s Castle Is For Sale
Initially, the castle was listed at $66 million, but now the owners are said to be willing to go as low as $13 million to sell the property.
In his 1897 book, Dracula, Irish writer Bram Stoker described the bloodthirsty title character's castle as a structure that "sits on the very edge of a terrific precipice."
The following passage from the novel further describes the castle's surroundings: "A stone falling from the window would fall a thousand feet without touching anything! As far as the eye can reach is a sea of green tree tops, with occasionally a deep rift where there is a chasm. Here and there are silver threads where the rivers wind in deep gorges through the forests."
At night, the castle looks like it's straight out of a horror movie.
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This Guy Took Photos Of His Dinosaur Toys On His Travels. It Eventually Went Viral!
I’m digging up my old dino toys so I could try this one out!
I was so much into dinosaurs when I was much younger.
Me and my playmates would often hang out together and we’d usually read books about these prehistoric creatures and then try to memorize the name of each one. Since most of us were into drawings, we’d also spend countless hours doodling dinos. Imagine our thrill when shows such as Dino Riders, Dinosaucers, and eventually Mighty Morphin Power Rangers began hitting TV screens. We were thrilled beyond measure!
Of course, we also collected dinosaur toys. None of us, however, figured out it would be awesome to take photos of these toys during trips.
Enter Jorge Saenz, a photographer from Paraguay who came up with such a brilliant idea....
These Photos are Proof that the Canadian Rockies are More Awesome than Yosemite
These photos of the Canadian Rockies are so breathtaking, you’d think they weren’t real.
At some point in your life, you would have browsed over hundreds of nature photos that would make perfect background wallpaper for your computer. The afternoons of endless searches for that one jaw-dropping photo, whether of the Amazon, or crystal blue waters of the Maldives, or probably even of the famous Yosemite, that would make you right click and download to turn it into your inspiration.
Looking for serenity? Head to Peyto Lake near the Glacier Parkway.
The Castle Mountain in Banff makes for a great wallpaper on your laptop.
You may or may not have skipped the Canadian Rockies, but just by looking at these photos by Jimmy Dau, one can share his sentiment that the wilderness that is the Canadian outback is splendidly more glorious compared to the Yosemite National Park. He was able to capture in magnificent photos the glory that is the Canadian Rockies and its untouched and pure beauty. ...