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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  • August 17, 2017
    The bridge cannot not pass since leaving the station will fall on top of one of the most picturesque parts of the city. Well the city has and the importance of a and there was the famous Treaty of Maastricht that is considered the most important in Europe.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Maastricht is a city with many squares lindaaaaa, trade, boat trip, Castle and churches. The more charming is that each path has a café/bar, makes you want to stop at all to drink and take a picture!! Besides being charming, is the land of Andre Rieu.
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  • August 15, 2017
    My visit to Maastricht was a pleasant surprise, I fell in love instantly. Typical alleys, buldings, large squares, relaxed atmosphere, many local people and tourists. Among the several things to see turning on foot I was amazed for example from this bridge that crosses the Meuse Romanesque architecture. Its beauty is not only in its structure, but rather in the glimpses it offers. By day you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city, where for example the towers of different churches and the Town Hall and several houses. In the evening when the sun goes down you can enjoy the panorama of the city fully lit.
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  • May 31, 2017
    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.
  • June 26, 2017
    Wonderful place to watch the big boats passing by under the moving bridge!
  • March 20, 2017
    Beautiful Bridge over the river Maas. Connects the Train Station with the City Center.
  • June 9, 2017
    Nice place to stand n chat
  • February 23, 2017
    Nice view in every direction you can move your head. 😊

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