Bridge – photo challenge

This week’s photo challenge of the Daily Post has the topic ‘bridge’. The first bridges that came into my mind actually were the London Bridge and the Millennium Bridge. However, I thought it would be better to mention a bridge that is not as obvious but very special as well… So the next thing that came into my mind was Cambridge and the famous Mathematical Bridge .

During my semester abroad I had the pleasure of visiting a few very nice places in England. One of the trips was to Cambridge, the country town of Cambridgeshire, England, and is seen as a university city. It is around 50 kilometres north of London and crossed by the river Cam. Hence, there are many bridges crossing the river and one of them is the Mathematical Bridge. This bridge, which is also called wooden bridge, is in the south-west of central Cambridge and bridges the River Cam to connect two parts of the Queen’s College. It was designed by William Etheridge and built by James Essex in 1749. Despite having been rebuild two times in 1866 and 1905 the bridge kept the same overall design. The unusually sophisticated engineering design appears because of the composition entirely of straight timbers.

The bridge looks really impressive, especially, thinking of the simple construction that magically holds everything together. It was a special time visiting Cambridge with lots of nice memories 🙂

 

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Mathematical Bridge – Cambridge, England

 

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Detail – Mathematical Bridge, England

 

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Detail – Mathematical Bridge, England

 

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Mathematical Bridge bridging River Cam

 

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River Cam – Cambridge, England

 

 

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