Mes Bridge

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Mes Bridge
Ura e Mesit
Mes Bridge
Coordinates 42°06′52″N 19°34′30″E / 42.1144°N 19.5749°E / 42.1144; 19.5749Coordinates: 42°06′52″N 19°34′30″E / 42.1144°N 19.5749°E / 42.1144; 19.5749
Crosses Kir River
Locale Mes, Albania
Official name Mes Bridge
Total length 108 m (354 ft)
Construction end 1770

Mes Bridge (Albanian: Ura e Mesit "bridge in the middle")[1] is a bridge in the village of Mes,[2] about five kilometres (straight line) northeast of Shkodër, in northwestern Albania. It was built in the 18th century, around 1780, by Kara Mahmud Bushati, the local Ottoman pasha,[1] and it spans the Kir River.[3] It is 108 m long, and represent one of the longest Ottoman bridges in the region.[4] It was built as part of the road that goes up the Kir Valley, eventually to Pristina.[3]



  1. ^ a b Gloyer, Gillian (2008). Albania (third ed.). Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, England: Bradt Travel Guides. p. 160. ISBN 978-1-84162-246-0. 
  2. ^ There are numerous bridges in Albania named Ura e Mesit which simply means that they were between towns/villages.Gloyer 2008, p. 160 However, in this case there is a village named "Mes" on the west bank of the Kir, next to the bridge.Mes (Approved) at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  3. ^ a b "Archaeology of Albania: Ottoman Bridge, Mes, Albania". 
  4. ^ "June 1, 2012 (Down and Dirty)". The Amateur Globetrotter's Guide to the Balkans: Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Corfu, Greece. 1 June 2012.