Ever since my undergraduate days when I majored in Physics and Mathematics I have had an interest in technology—and now, ancient technology. Thus, on a recent trip to Turkey I couldn’t pass up visiting the “largest civil engineering structure of antiquity” in the area of the ancient city of Limyra (map below). This Roman Bridge is 1,181 ft. long and is almost completely preserved.
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View looking south at two of the 26 arches of the Late Roman Bridge.
Since the paved surface of the bridge is original, this would imply that all of the supporting materials are original. Notice the relatively flat double arches made up of bricks and mortar. The supporting piers of the arches are buried in silt and debris.
View looking north at the western most arch of Late Roman Bridge over the present course of the Alakir Çavi river. Notice the relatively flat double arch made up of bricks and mortar. The supporting piers of the arch are buried in silt and debris.
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For a hard-to-c0me-by description of the bridge see the Wikipedia article Bridge near Limyra.
HT: Dr. Mark Wilson of the Asia Minor Research Center — and author of Biblical Turkey — who drew my attention to the existence of the bridge.