Kavšek Bridge

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The Kavšek Bridge

The Kavšek Bridge (Slovene: Kavškov most)[1] or Kauschegg Bridge (Slovene: Kauscheggov most; the historical Slovene name inscribed on the bridge), sometimes listed as the Karchegger Bridge (Karcheggerjev most),[2] is a one-arch stone bridge crossing Glinščica Creek in Podutik, a neighbourhood in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. It was built by the board of the first district road and named after Franz Kauschegg (Franc Kavšek), who led the works.[3][4] It is part of Podutik Street (Podutiška cesta) and is used as a walkway and for a bicycle lane; a new bridge for motorised traffic has been built next to it.[5]

Architecture[edit]

The bridge has low stone walls on both sides built from Glinica limestone blocks in two rows. On its southern wall stands a column with a relief of the Madonna and Child in a shrine on its top. On its base, an intercession to Mary in four verses has been carved.[2][5] Also written are the year of construction of the bridge and the name of the stonemason, Alojzij Vodnik. The relief is a faithful copy of the original one and was restored by Julijan Renko.[5] The base is original, whereas the upper part of the column with the shrine was made as part of the rebuilding by the Vodnik family from Kamna Gorica near Podutik.[5] The north wall had a stone cross, which was demolished after World War II.[6]

History[edit]

The bridge was built in 1901 from local limestone under the direction of Franc Kauschegg, road committee member,[3] and was used for road traffic until the 1960s. It collapsed on 29 May 1985.[7] In 1993, it was rebuilt in its original form and opened for public use on 19 May 1993.[5] Since August 2001, it has been protected as local cultural heritage.[3][5]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kuntarič Hribar, Irena (May 2008). "Kratka kronika dela v lanskem letu" [A Short Chronicle of Work in the Last Year]. Ljubljana: glasilo Mestne občine Ljubljana [Ljubljana: The Bulletin of the City Municipality of Ljubljana] (in Slovene) XV (4/5): 37. ISSN 1318-797X. 
  2. ^ a b "Sklep o razglasitvi mostu čez Glinščico pri Podutiku za kulturni spomenik lokalnega pomena" [Resolution on Declaring the Bridge across the Glinščica at Podutik a Cultural Monument of Local Significance]. Official Gazettee (in Slovene). 20 July 2001. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ljubljana - Most čez Glinščico pri Podutiku" [Ljubljana – Bridge across the Glinščica at Podutik]. Registry of Immovable Cultural Heritage (in Slovene). Ministry of Culture, Slovenia. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Inscription on the northern side. (in Slovene) Kavšek Bridge, Podutik District, Ljubljana. Board of the first district road. 6 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Anton Ramovš (20 May 1993). "Podutiški most je obnovljen" [The Podutik Bridge Has Been Renovated]. Delo (in Slovene). Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Znamenja v župniji" [Signs in the Parish] (in Slovene). Parish of Ljubljana Podutik. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Čurin, Jože (19 February 1988). "Po sledeh mnogih obljub" [Following the Trails of Numerous Promises] (in Slovene) 27. Javna tribuna. p. 5. ISSN 0351-9902. 

Coordinates: 46°4′25.36″N 14°27′18.91″E / 46.0737111°N 14.4552528°E / 46.0737111; 14.4552528