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.

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#1

Rakotz Brücke, Germany

Rakotz Brücke, Germany

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MalcolmVeitch 4 years 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 4 years 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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#3

Multnomah Falls, Oregon, Usa

Multnomah Falls, Oregon, Usa

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JammieEaster 4 years ago

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

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#4

Huangshan, Anhui, China

Huangshan, Anhui, China

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DestinyRobinson 4 years 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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#5

Pindos Mountains, Greece

Pindos Mountains, Greece

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LydieRaszková 4 years ago

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

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#6

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Daniel Korzhonov Report

SherineMenes 4 years ago

Hogwarts express

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#7

Mullerthal, Luxembourg

Mullerthal, Luxembourg

Kilian Schonberger Report

NatashaP 4 years ago

<3

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#8

Ronda, Malaga, Spain

Ronda, Malaga, Spain

Zu Sanchez Report

RismaSitanggang 4 years ago

Stunning

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#9

Gorge De L'areuse, Switzerland

Gorge De L'areuse, Switzerland

Vincent Bourrut Report

AlidaAnaisPrietoVillarroel 4 years ago

Rivendale

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#10

Gaztelugatxe, Spain

Gaztelugatxe, Spain

Pedro Jarque Krebs Report

JeannieHall 4 years ago

Whew, what a commute!!!!!

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#11

Carrbridge, Scotland

Carrbridge, Scotland

John Taggart Report

CyndieBeard 4 years ago

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

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#12

Stari Most, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Stari Most, Bosnia And Herzegovina

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PatrykSandach 4 years ago

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

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#13

Root Bridge In India

Root Bridge In India

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LilaGirl 4 years ago

Looks a bit mythologic :p

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#14

Ponte Gobbo, Italy

Ponte Gobbo, Italy

Michael Nebuloni Report

PattiAbel 4 years ago

I hope Kyle and Amber Shields were here!

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#15

Hermitage Bridge, Scotland

Hermitage Bridge, Scotland

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DestinyRobinson 4 years ago

Thos little people in the Labrynth built it

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#16

Bridge Across The Merced River, Yosemite, Usa

Bridge Across The Merced River, Yosemite, Usa

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JuanitaEstevez 4 years ago

Cant wait to go

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#17

Tollymore, Uk

Tollymore, Uk

Stephen Emerson Report

JamesWisecarver 4 years ago

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

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#18

Gapstow Bridge, New York, USA

Gapstow Bridge, New York, USA

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AdamHolmes 4 years ago

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

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#19

Misarela Bridge, Gerês, Portugal

Misarela Bridge, Gerês, Portugal

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AlexisRowland 4 years ago

where does the door go to?????????????

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#20

Basteibrücke, Saxon Switzerland, Germany

Basteibrücke, Saxon Switzerland, Germany

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Terri Owens 4 years ago

Would love to go there...Ü

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#21

Ponte Della Maddalena, Borgo A Mozzano, Italy

Ponte Della Maddalena, Borgo A Mozzano, Italy

misztikusvilag.blog.hu Report

bazeirini 4 years ago

ΥΠΕΡΟΧΟ

#22

Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia

Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia

Levi Novick Report

JellieGatal 4 years ago

The Beauty and the Beast's castle!

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#23

Bastei Bridge, Germany

Bastei Bridge, Germany

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AndreyDimitrov 4 years ago

Isn't this the same as #26 :?

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#24

Berlengas, Peniche, Portugal

Berlengas, Peniche, Portugal

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#25

Kemer Bridge, Rize, Turkey

Kemer Bridge, Rize, Turkey

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#26

Bastei Bridge Near Dresden, Germany

Bastei Bridge Near Dresden, Germany

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GrazielaLeon 4 years ago

3rd picture of this bridge in the same post!

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#27

Palaiokaria's Bridge, Greece

Palaiokaria's Bridge, Greece

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DonParsons 4 years ago

Beautiful design that highlights the waterfall just behind it

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#28

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

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tamsinhoney 4 years ago

Another photo of this made it to #6.

#29

Sligachan, Isle Of Skye, Scotland

Sligachan, Isle Of Skye, Scotland

Robert White Report

Rénica Peinturerouge 4 years ago

great colors ...

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#30

The Shahara Bridge Is The Gateway To Shahara Village, Tucked Away In Yemen's Jabal Shahara Moun

The Shahara Bridge Is The Gateway To Shahara Village, Tucked Away In Yemen's Jabal Shahara Moun

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#31

Pont De Zaglia, Gorges De Spelunca (corsica)

Pont De Zaglia, Gorges De Spelunca (corsica)

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Graziela Leon 4 years ago

LOL in portuguese, "espelunca" means stablishment of awful service

#32

Kintai Bridge Iwakuni Japan

Kintai Bridge Iwakuni Japan

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#33

Eilean Donan Castle Bridge, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle Bridge, Scotland

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#34

Solkan Bridge Slovenija

Solkan Bridge Slovenija

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#35

Leshan, Sichuan Province, China

Leshan, Sichuan Province, China

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#36

Japanese Bridge In Hoi An, Vietnam

Japanese Bridge In Hoi An, Vietnam

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TranSon 4 years ago

Japanese businessman raised money to built around the 17th century , so people sometimes call Japanese , but it's Vietnamese architecture

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#37

Watford, United Kingdom

Watford, United Kingdom

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#38

Tamari Bridge - Georgia

Tamari Bridge - Georgia

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#39

Siosepol,isfahan,iran

Siosepol,isfahan,iran

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#40

Bridge To Nowhere, Whanganui, New Zealand

Bridge To Nowhere, Whanganui, New Zealand

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#42

The Bridge Of Lies, Sibiu, Romania. Oldest Cast-iron Bridge, Installed In Place Of A Wooden One

The Bridge Of Lies, Sibiu, Romania. Oldest Cast-iron Bridge, Installed In Place Of A Wooden One

RaduBercan Report

#43

The Amazing Bridges Bulgaria

The Amazing Bridges Bulgaria

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TiffanyKedro 4 years ago

Amazing

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#44

Trikala Greece

Trikala Greece

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bazeirini 4 years ago

ΤΟ ΠΕΡΙΦΗΜΟ ΓΕΦΥΡΙ ΤΟΥ ΑΓ. ΒΗΣΣΑΡΙΩΝΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΠΥΛΗ ΤΡΙΚΑΛΩΝ

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#45

Johannapark, Leipzig, Germany

Johannapark, Leipzig, Germany

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MicheleWerkeiser 4 years ago

Gorgeous!!!! I would love to have a picnic on the bank!

#46

Bridge Of Portitsa, Grevena, Greece

Bridge Of Portitsa, Grevena, Greece

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#47

Varda Bridge, Adana, Turkey

Varda Bridge, Adana, Turkey

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#48

Bath, England

Bath, England

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Michael Chung 4 years ago

Javert? http://youtu.be/hRzvdQh8D2Q?t=1m14s

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#49

Şenyuva Bridge, Çamlıhemşin, Rize, Turkey

Şenyuva Bridge, Çamlıhemşin, Rize, Turkey

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#50

Tarr Steps

Tarr Steps

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4 years ago

Bronze age bridge - 1000BC

#51

Bridge Over Voidomatis River, Vikos Gorge, Greece

Bridge Over Voidomatis River, Vikos Gorge, Greece

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#52

Köprülü Kanyon, Antalya-turkey

Köprülü Kanyon, Antalya-turkey

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#53

Bridge On River Drina, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Bridge On River Drina, Bosnia And Herzegovina

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#54

Misarela Bridge, Montalegre, Portugal

Misarela Bridge, Montalegre, Portugal

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#55

Old Bridge Over Fluvià's River, Besalú, Spain

Old Bridge Over Fluvià's River, Besalú, Spain

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bazeirini 4 years ago

ΥΠΕΡΟΧΟ

#56

Kosinj Bridge, Lika-senj Region, Croatia

Kosinj Bridge, Lika-senj Region, Croatia

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#57

Ponte Sant'angelo, Rome Italy

Ponte Sant'angelo, Rome Italy

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Rhonda Whisenhunt 4 years ago

Wish I were there to enjoy the beauty.

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#58

Ponte Del Diavolo Sul Serchio, Garfagnana, Italia

Ponte Del Diavolo Sul Serchio, Garfagnana, Italia

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bazeirini 4 years ago

ΥΠΕΡΟΧΟ

#59

Öresund Bridge, Between Copenhagen And Malmö, Sweden And Denmark

Öresund Bridge, Between Copenhagen And Malmö, Sweden And Denmark

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#60

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

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#61

Kokori's Stone Bridge, Zagoria, Greece

Kokori's Stone Bridge, Zagoria, Greece

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bazeirini 4 years ago

ΓΕΦΥΡΙ ΤΟΥ ΝΟΥΤΣΟΥ Ή ΚΟΚΚΟΡΗ ΖΑΓΟΡΟΧΩΡΙΑ ΗΠΕΙΡΟΣ ΕΛΛΑΣ

#62

Rimski Most, Ilidža, Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Rimski Most, Ilidža, Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina

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#63

Bassano Del Grappa - Italy Wood Bridge Since 1209 Dc

Bassano Del Grappa - Italy Wood Bridge Since 1209 Dc

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#64

Prior Park,bath

Prior Park,bath

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AyşeAvcı 4 years ago

That bridge was the album cover of opeth- morningrise. lovely.

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#65

Bamboo Bridge, Along, Arunachalpradesh, India

Bamboo Bridge, Along, Arunachalpradesh, India

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#66

The Devil's Bridge, Rhodopi Mountain, Bulgaria

The Devil's Bridge, Rhodopi Mountain, Bulgaria

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Карсистем Карсистем 4 years ago

Amazing!

#67

Watkins Glen State Park, Ny

Watkins Glen State Park, Ny

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Rhonda Whisenhunt 4 years ago

Let's go swimming!

#68

Shahara Bridge, Yemen

Shahara Bridge, Yemen

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#69

Pont Canal Du Cacor, France

Pont Canal Du Cacor, France

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vincentoudou 4 years ago

that's a bridge for boats, so you can cross with boat above another :)

#70

Kintai Bridge, Japan

Kintai Bridge, Japan

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Michele Werkeiser 4 years ago

Interesting architectural concept!

#71

Plaka Bridge On Arahthos River, Pindos Mountain, Greece.

Plaka Bridge On Arahthos River, Pindos Mountain, Greece.

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bazeirini 4 years ago

ΥΠΕΡΟΧΟ.........

#72

Bridge Of Sighs Venice, Italy

Bridge Of Sighs Venice, Italy

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bazeirini 4 years ago

ΦΑΝΤΑΣΤΙΚΟ

#73

Bridge In Village Zovic, Mariovo, Macedonia

Bridge In Village Zovic, Mariovo, Macedonia

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#74

Near Ashland Wi

Near Ashland Wi

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#75

Palladian Bridge, Prior Park, Bath, Great Britain

Palladian Bridge, Prior Park, Bath, Great Britain

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#76

Bridge To The Akagi Shrine, Gunma, Japan

Bridge To The Akagi Shrine, Gunma, Japan

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#77

Peyrusse-le-roc, France

Peyrusse-le-roc, France

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#78

Rijeka Crnojevica - Montenegro

Rijeka Crnojevica - Montenegro

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#79

Living Root Bridge, Meghalaya, India

Living Root Bridge, Meghalaya, India

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Grow Jam 3 weeks ago

. . . this is the same as the root bridge shown above as #13 ... repeat entry Screen-Sho...6c-png.jpg Screen-Shot-2019-08-27-at-44424-PM-5d65279bf2f6c-png.jpg

#80

Miyajima, Japan

Miyajima, Japan

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#81

Stirling Bridge, Scotland

Stirling Bridge, Scotland

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#82

Devil's Bridge, Ardino, Bulgaria

Devil's Bridge, Ardino, Bulgaria

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Orpheus 4 years ago

This is duplicate, already submitted https://www.boredpanda.com/otoman-bridge-in-rhodope-mountains-bulgaria/

#83

Misarela_gerês_north Of Portugal

Misarela_gerês_north Of Portugal

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#84

Bridge

Bridge

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#85

Çifteköprü, Arhavi, Turkey

Çifteköprü, Arhavi, Turkey

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#86

Felsenbrücke, Germany

Felsenbrücke, Germany

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#87

New Moon Bridge - Taipei, Taiwan

New Moon Bridge - Taipei, Taiwan

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MikeKim 4 years ago

Garish, not as serenely harmonious as the old one/ Chic

#88

Kadin Bridge In Nevestino,kuistendil,bulgaria!

Kadin Bridge In Nevestino,kuistendil,bulgaria!

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Samuel Bierbrauer 8 months ago

וואו, זה גשר מאוד מגניב, כי איבדה משמעות לזה.

#89

Erskine Bridge Near Glasgow, Scotland

Erskine Bridge Near Glasgow, Scotland