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Saint Servaasbridge, Maastricht

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Sint Servaasbrug is an arched stone footbridge across the Meuse River in Maastricht, Netherlands. It is named after Saint Servatius, the first bishop of Maastricht, and it has been called the oldest bridge in the Netherlands.DescriptionThe Sint Servaasbrug connects pedestrian traffic from the Binnenstad district of Maastricht on the west bank of the Meuse (the most central part of the city) to the Wyck district on the east bank.The bridge is made of limestone, and in its current configuration it is 160m long and 9m wide. Its seven arches each span approximately 12m, and are supported by seven piers. A separate steel drawbridge with a span of 54.5m connects the east end of the bridge to the east bank of the river.HistoryThe Romans built a wooden bridge across the Meuse in what is now Maastricht, in approximately AD 50, and the Latin phrase for "crossing of the Meuse", "mosae trajectum", became the name of the city. For many years this remained the only crossing of the lower Meuse. However, the Roman bridge collapsed in the year 1275 from the weight of a large procession, killing 400 people. Its replacement, the present bridge, was built somewhat to the north of the older crossing between 1280 and 1298; The Roman Catholic Church encouraged its construction by providing indulgences to people who helped build it. The bridge was accoladed in honor of Saint Servatius around this time.
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  • It's a beautiful bridge, took some great pictures here. There's great cafe's around it from where you can admire the view, we had a great time just walking by the riverside and sitting on the embankme...  more »
  • This bridge is gorgeous, and you get great views of it from two other bridges (the Hoge Brug to the South and the Wilhelminabrug to the North) and from all along the water in Wyck or near the city cen...  more »
  • Real old bridge to date back in the olden times. It traverses across the river Maas. From my point of view it was seen in a nice perspective; how much more when one is on the bridge. Viewing the city ...  more »
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  • I love watching this bridge at night. Beautiful view. It is so old, that it saw many happenings in life. One of which was its bombing during the WWII. You may see the newer part as a proof. This is the bridge that every tourist crosses when walking from the station direction centre Maastricht.
  • Wonderful place to watch the big boats passing by under the moving bridge!
  • Beautiful Bridge over the river Maas. Connects the Train Station with the City Center.
  • Nice place to stand n chat
  • Nice view in every direction you can move your head. 😊

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As befitting a busy regional capital, Maastricht boasts lodging options that range from low-cost hostels for budget-minded travelers, to stylish boutique hotels catering to those who wish to indulge themselves. Maastricht is as a popular weekend destination throughout the year, so book in advance if you want a spacious room near the city center. Spontaneous travelers can check out the areas just outside the central district, where many guesthouses offer free parking and bicycles for rent.
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