Throughout the world, there are so called Devil’s Bridges most of which are found in Europe. In France alone, it is believed that there are 49 Devil’s bridges throughout the country. But one Devil’s bridge found in Azalea and Rhododendron Park, Kromlau, Germany stands out because of its mystical perfect shape and reflection – the Rakotzbrucke bridge.
But first, what are devil’s bridges? Are they named such because the devil built them? Well actually these bridges are named like that because people believe that these bridges have a devil-related myth or folktale. One characteristic feature of devil’s bridges is that most of them are made of stone with distinct masonic arches. Many of them were built somewhere between 1000 and 1600 AD.
Behold the Rakotzbrucke, the perfect devil's bridge!
The Rakotzbrucke is designed in such a way that the arch represents 1/2 or the parabola of a perfect circle. As such, when the waters of the lake are calm and still, and the lighting is right, you can see a perfect circle formation!
Amazing isn’t it?
Aside from its reflection, the design itself of the Rakotzbrucke devil’s bridge is quite unique. It is a bridge that can only be walked into by the bravest hearts, or should I say – daredevils. As you can see, the bridge doesn’t have any railing for support.
A perfect balance is needed so you don’t fall into the water! And the stones decorating the sides? They are sharp and jagged so they’re quite terrifying!
Do you have the guts to cross this dangerously-beautiful bridge?
So now, what could be the devil-related stories and myth behind it?
There are several stories but all of them agree that the architect who designed the bridge wanted to make the perfect bridge. To do so, he made a deal with the devil and the devil asked the architect that he would help build the bridge, but he will get the soul of whoever crosses it first. The architect agreed and so the bridge was built.
Legend said, an architect made a deal with the devil to build the perfect bridge.
In another story, it is said that the architect tricked the devil and made a poor dog walk the bridge first, and so that dog’s soul was taken by the devil instead. There is also a version that says that the architect honored the deal and walked the bridge first, sacrificing his own soul for the devil.
Some said, during full moon it becomes a portal to another world.
Other mysterious stories and urban legends say that if you sail across the bridge, entering the perfect circle on a full moon, you can enter another world. Also, some believe that doing so will open up mystic abilities such as clairvoyance or sixth sense.
Meanwhile, others say that crossing inside the perfect circle at full moon while looking sideways will allow you to see the reflection of the devil in the water, waiting for the next soul it will take…
So would you like to try sailing across it or cross over the bridge?
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The island town of Sviyazhsk is a monument of Russian history and culture, but what prompted the creation of this tiny island town?
The 1500s was a trying time for the Russians. Ruled then by Ivan the Terrible, he led several campaigns against Kazan. So what was Kazan's beef with Russia? Well, the Khanates (whose capital is Kazan) has been at war with Muscovites (Ivan's army) for hundreds of years. Their main problem is that both of them want to own Kazan, which has a strategic location on the Volga River. But since the Khanates inhabited Kazan, they pretty much blocked Ivan's forces from passing through there out onto the Caspian Sea.
Ivan led many campaigns against Kazan, but they couldn't seize the city. Until one day Ivan's troops found a little wooded island around 30 kilometers from Kazan. He came up with the idea to create a base near Kazan to make it easier to launch attacks against the city.
Sviyazhsk was initially uninhabited until Ivan the Terrible stumbled upon it in 1550.
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