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.