Gorica Bridge

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Gorica Bridge

Ura e Goricës
Berat Bridge
Coordinates40°42′11″N 19°56′38″E / 40.703°N 19.944°E / 40.703; 19.944Coordinates: 40°42′11″N 19°56′38″E / 40.703°N 19.944°E / 40.703; 19.944
CrossesOsum River
LocaleBerat, Albania
Characteristics
Total length129 m (423 ft)
History
Construction end1927

Gorica Bridge over the Osum river is a landmark in the city of Berat, Albania.[1]

It is one of the oldest and most popular Ottoman bridges in Albania. It connects two parts of Berat,[2] was originally built from wood in 1780 and was rebuilt with stone in the 1920s.[3] The seven-arch bridge is 129 metres (423 ft) long and 5.3 metres (17 ft) wide[3] and is built about 10 metres (33 ft) above the average water level. The bridge was renovated in year 2015 by Bashkia Berat (the Municipality of Berat).

According to local legend, the original wooden bridge contained a dungeon in which a girl would be incarcerated and starved to appease the spirits responsible for the safety of the bridge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Gorica Bridge Speaks". UNESCO. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Gorica bridge towards destruction - Top Channel". top-channel.tv. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Bridge of Gorica (Ura e Goricës)". argophilia.com. Retrieved 16 November 2015.