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Adolphe bridge: photos, description (Adolphe Bridge)

Adolphe bridge, or New bridge, the famous arched bridge across the river pétrusse in Luxembourg city. The bridge connects Upper and Lower town and is a national symbol and one of the main tourist attractions of the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The bridge was built during the reign of Grand Duke Adolphe (1890-1905) and it is in his honor it received its name.

In 1867, after the signing of the Treaty of London, a large part of the fortifications of Luxembourg were destroyed, and the city began to rapidly expand their borders. Mainly development has been South of the Haute Ville (Upper town) and quickly engulfed the opposite shore of the river pétrusse, where by that time there was already a railway station in Luxembourg. The only connecting link between the two banks was the old viaduct, the capacity of which, given its width of only 5.5 m was extremely small, and in 1896, the city authorities decided to build a new bridge. Chief project engineer was assigned to the Luxembourgers Rodange, he determined the location of the future bridge. However, such an ambitious design still required a certain amount of experience in the field of construction of bridges, and to help Rodange was invited by the French specialist Paul Sejourne that as a whole, though approved the original project Luxembourgers, but have made some significant edits.

The construction of the bridge began in July 1900, and three years later held its Grand opening. At the time of the construction of the Adolphe bridge became the largest arched bridge in the world. The total length of the bridge amounted to 153 m, while the length of the largest Central arch is about 85 m and the maximum height of the bridge is 42 m. the Bridge was built of Sandstone with concrete structures.