Thursday’s Special: Restoration (Guest Challenge by Restless Jo)

This time on Thursday’s Special Challenge the ‘lady of the manor’ is a fellow blogger – the one and only Restless Jo. She inspires us to think of a restored property that we would like to share, or maybe one that’s in need of love and attention, so…this is what came to my mind…

All my life I have had (and always will have) a “special relationship” with Kuldīga – a town in western Latvia therefore I decided to make this post a little about it. For the first time Kuldīga was mentioned in 1242. In the 17th century it was one of the capitals of the Duchy of Courland, and today the town is proudly called “the pearl of Kurzeme” (Courland). One of the main symbols of Kuldīga for many years has been the old masonry arch bridge across the river Venta.

bridge_before_restor

The red brick bridge was built in 1874, and it was done, according to the 19th century standards – 500 feet long and 26 feet wide, for two carriages to pass each other. It consisted of seven spans of brick vaults, and during the World War I two of the spans were blown up (you can see them renovated in much more pale colour also in the photo above).

bridge_blownupImage courtesy: the archives of Google

The bridge was renovated in 2009-2010, and to this day, being 164m long, it is the third longest brick bridge in Europe.

bridge_after_restor

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Be inspired and inspire!
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6 thoughts on “Thursday’s Special: Restoration (Guest Challenge by Restless Jo)

  1. I love this design. Funny but the bridge construction started at approximately the same time as the cathedral I featured today 🙂 I am sorry, but with its length of 164 m, it can’t be the third longest bridge in Europe. Or is it at the time when it was built?

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  4. Wonderful, Ese! I know so little about your homeland and I love bridges, so what better combination? That poor sad bridge when it was devastated! So good to see it ‘as new’ again. Many thanks for sharing, and for your kind words. 🙂

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