Which is one of the oldest arch bridges still in existence?
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Which is one of the oldest arch bridges still in existence? On the Greek island of the Peloponnese, close to the current road between Tiryns and Epidauros, is the Mycenaean Arkadiko Bridge or Kazarma Bridge.
It is the oldest preserved bridge in Europe and dates back to the Greek Bronze Age, making it one of the oldest arch bridges currently in use.
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The corbel arch bridge was a part of a larger military route network that connected the two cities throughout the Mycenaean era.
It is constructed with Cyclopean stones in the usual Mycenaean style and has a culvert span of about 1 m. The building measures 22 meters (72 feet) in length, 5.60 meters (18.4 feet) in width at its base, and 4 meters (13 feet) in height.
The roadway above is roughly 2.50 meters wide (8 ft 2 in). The bridge and the road’s intricate design suggest that they were built expressly with chariots in mind.
The bridge, which was constructed in the late Late Helladic III (about 1300-1190 BC), is still in use by the locals.