An ancient, mossy bridge is the perfect complement to any rural or river scene. These old and mysterious arched bridges are mankind's way of traversing landscapes that are otherwise decidedly wild.

Interestingly enough, an arch is only kept in position by its own weight – the stones supporting an arch couldn't possibly stay in their position without the stones above them weighing them down. So, while they were very effective and sturdy, their building process was complicated. This usually involved building an entire wooden framework underneath the bridge on which the arch could be rested until the rest of the bridge was built around it.

If you have any more pictures of beautiful old bridges like these, please add them to our list!

#1 Rakotz Brücke, Germany

Rakotz Brücke, Germany

Kilian Schönberger Report

MalcolmVeitch 1 year ago

Hauntingly beautiful, like from Lord of the Rings

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#2 Devil's Bridge In Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

Devil's Bridge In Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

Evgeni Dinev Report

StoyanStoykov 1 year ago

Its name is Devil's bridge build by bulgarians in the beginning of 16 century in the hard of Rhodope Mountains. the river is ancient Arda.

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#4 Multnomah Falls, Oregon, Usa

Multnomah Falls, Oregon, Usa

Putt Sakdhnagool Report

JammieEaster 1 year ago

This bridge was damaged by a boulder, glad I was able to see it prior to the damage!

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#5 Huangshan, Anhui, China

Huangshan, Anhui, China

KM CHeng Report

DestinyRobinson 1 year ago

What thee fuck? This is ABSOLUTELY wonderous. I can't believe how glorious this bridge is. Who has walked or ran across it? Very interesting

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#6 Pindos Mountains, Greece

Pindos Mountains, Greece

Christina Fryle Report

LydieRaszková 1 year ago

wow...I like bridges.This one is really mystical

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#11 Gaztelugatxe, Spain

Gaztelugatxe, Spain

Pedro Jarque Krebs Report

JeannieHall 1 year ago

Whew, what a commute!!!!!

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#12 Carrbridge, Scotland

Carrbridge, Scotland

John Taggart Report

CyndieBeard 1 year ago

All so beautiful, but I felt like I was in Narnia in this one!

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#13 Stari Most, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Stari Most, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Mikel HS Report

PatrykSandach 1 year ago

That's a town called Mostar. It is famous for young people jumping of this brigde for money.

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#14 Root Bridge In India

Root Bridge In India

Andy Holt Report

LilaGirl 1 year ago

Looks a bit mythologic :p

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#15 Ponte Gobbo, Italy

Ponte Gobbo, Italy

Michael Nebuloni Report

PattiAbel 1 year ago

I hope Kyle and Amber Shields were here!

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#16 Hermitage Bridge, Scotland

Hermitage Bridge, Scotland

Daniel Korzhonov Report

DestinyRobinson 1 year ago

Thos little people in the Labrynth built it

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#18 Tollymore, Uk

Tollymore, Uk

Stephen Emerson Report

JamesWisecarver 1 year ago

This is a place that would be a once in a lifetime dream visit for me. No words.

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#19 Gapstow Bridge, New York, USA

Gapstow Bridge, New York, USA

Nor Wati Report

AdamHolmes 1 year ago

No 8 reminds me of Harry Potter and 17 of Rivendell from Lord of the Rings

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