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The Anji Bridge

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The Anji bridge or Great Stone bridge, is one of the oldest in the world and is located in the South-Eastern part of Shijiazhuang. The construction of the bridge dates back to the reign of sui dynasty (605 years), when started the main works on the design and construction sights. Chief engineer amazing project became a talented architect named Yi Chun, who was able to realize his idea and create a unique by the standards of construction. Initially, the attraction was called "the Bridge safe crossing" as the main function Anji was to link the two opposite banks of the river Xiao.

The bridge is 50 meters, width is 9 meters and a height of about 7 meters. Innovative idea If Chun was to reduce the load on the bridge due to the fact that limestone slabs were joined with iron spikes. These technologies were known in Europe only in XII. Additionally, Lee Chun made from both sides of the bridge, a small arch, which increases the throughput of water in case of flooding.

After completion of Anji struck his contemporaries monumentality and strength, as evidenced by the many laudatory inscriptions preserved on the stone slabs of the bridge so far.

Over the long history of its existence, the building has experienced many natural disasters, including a strong earthquake in 1966, but the bridge design has remained the same. In 1996, Anji was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.