Saturday, February 28, 2009

Old Memories - Purani Yadein......(

close ur eyes.....
and go back in time.....
Before the Internet, VCD n DVD.
Before semi-automatics machine guns, joyriders, alcohol and drugs...
Before SEGA or Super Nitendo or Video Games..
Way Back..
I`m talking about Hide n Seek (chupan chupai) in the park or on streets in the lawn in ur house.
The corner shop, Butter Scotch Candy, Mitchells Milk Toffee, Jubilee, football with an old can, jumping in enormous puddles, Building dams.
The smell of the sun n fresh cut grass. Mayfair bubble gum.
A POLKA ice-cream pop-corn on a warm summer night.
Wait....
Watching Weekday 5pm evening or Saturday Morning Cartoons.. short commercials, The Tom n Jerry, He-Man, Captain Caveman, Waltron, Waligator, Danger Mouse and Pink Panther.
Staying up late for Night Rider, Air Wolf or Power of the Methew Star.
Watching nice Urdu plays like UN KAHI , TANHAIYAAN , SUNEHRAY DIN , ANGAN TERHA.
When around the corner seemed far away, and going into down town or Liberty Market seemed like going somewhere.
A million mosquito bites, wasp and bee stings. Sticky fingers.
Walking to school , no matter what the weather.
Running till you were out of breath.
Laughing so hard that ur stomach hurt.
Jumping on the bed.
Pillow fights.
Climbing trees, building igloos Ice-Lolies out of tiny amounts of snow.
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for the giggles.
Being tired from playing..
Remember that... ?

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water baloons were the ultimate weapon. I `m not finished just yet..
Eating raw jelly , orange squash , ice pops.
Remember when..
You knew everyone in ur street - and so did ur parents !
It wasn`t odd to have two or three  " best " friends.
You didn`t sleep a wind on Eid Chand Raat.
Afraid of Neighbour`s dog-bite.
When 100 Rs. was decent pocket money.
When you`d get a coke for 4 Rs.
When nearly everyone`s mom was at home when the kids got there from school.
It was magic when dad would " remove " his thumb.
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with ur parents.
When being send to the head`s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited misbehaving student at home.
Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn`t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat !
And some of us are still afraid of them.!
Didnt that feel good ? Just to go back and say, Yeah I remember that !
Remember when...

Decisions were made by going " eeny - meeny - miney - mo. "
Race issue " meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in " Monopoly "

The worst think u could catch from other person was germs, and the worst thing in ur day was having to sit next to opposite gender.
Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a catapult.
Nobody was prettier than ur MOM.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
Taking drugs meant taking " Panadol " .
Ice-cream was considered a basic food group.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a " double-dare" .
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.
If u can remember most or eve some of these, then u have LIVED !


Just Decide to do it...

An old man lived alone in a village. He wanted to
spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work.
His only son, who would have helped him, was in
prison.
The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned
his situation:
Dear Son,
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won't
be able to plant my potato garden this year. I hate to
miss doing the garden, because your mother always
loved planting time. I'm just getting too old to be
digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my
troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot
for me, if you weren't in prison.
Love,
Dad
Shortly, the old man received this telegram: "For
Heaven's sake, Dad, don't dig up the garden!! That's
where I buried the GUNS!!"
At 4 a.m. the next morning, a dozen FBI agents and
local police officers showed up and dug up the entire
garden without finding any guns.
Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son
telling him what happened, and asked him what to do
next.
His son's reply was: "Go ahead and plant your
potatoes, Dad.. It's the best I could do for you from
here."
Moral:
NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE WORLD, IF YOU HAVE
DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING DEEP FROM YOUR HEART YOU CAN
DO IT. IT IS THE THOUGHT THAT MATTERS NOT WHERE YOU
ARE OR WHERE THE PERSON IS.


Interesting Thoughts

 

  1. Where is the cat in the catwalk?
  2. Do models walk like cats?
  3. Why are apartments so close together?
  4. If man evolved from apes why do we still have apes? 
  5. Why do they call it a TV set when you only get one?
  6. If an orange is orange, why isn't a lime called a green or a lemon called a yellow?
  7. What should you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?
  8. If horrific means to be horrible does terrific mean to be terrible???
  9. If you had amnesia and then were cured, would you remember that you forgot?
  10. Why isn't 11 pronounced onety one?
  11. Why is the word abbreviation so long?
  12. Why do we press harder on remote control buttons when we know the battery is dead?
  13. No one ever says "It's only a game," when their team is winning
  14. Why do sky divers wear helmets ?
  15. How can there be self-help groups?
  16. Is there another word for synonym?
  17. If our knees bent the other way, what would a chair look like?
  18. If you’re in a vehicle going the speed of light, what happens when you turn the headlights on?
  19. Where can you buy those little plastic ends to put on your shoe laces?
  20. Why is it that when you’re driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume of the radio?
  21. How come Superman could stop bullets with his chest, but always ducked when someone threw a gun at him?
  22. Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them?
  23. Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
  24. What is the speed of dark?
  25. What is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free?
  26. It doesn't matter what temperature a room is, it's always room temperature.

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Inspirational Quotes

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 "And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
Abraham Lincoln
"One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people."
Dick Gregory
"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."
Dale Carnegie
"May you live all the days of your life."
Jonathan Swift
"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."
Benjamin Franklin
"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so his place will be proud of him."
Abraham Lincoln
"True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right."
Brigham Young
"Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves."
Walter Anderson


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Good Quotes

Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity.

-Albert Einstein


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The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.


- Robert Frost

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We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?

-Jean Cocturan

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Life is pleasant.


Death is peaceful.


It's the transition that's troublesome."


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Help a man when he is in trouble and he will remember you when he is in trouble again.


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Whoever said money can't buy happiness, didn't know where to shop.


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Forgive your enemies but remember their names.


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"Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them."

--Albert Einstein


EASY ... DIFFICULT

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Easy is to judge the mistakes of others
Difficult is to recognize our own mistakes

Easy is to talk without thinking
Difficult is to refrain the tongue

Easy is to set rules.
Difficult is to follow them...

Easy is to dream every night.
Difficult is to fight for a dream...

Easy is to show victory.
Difficult is to assume defeat with dignity...

Easy is to stumble with a stone.
Difficult is to get up...

Easy is to criticize others.
Difficult is to improve oneself...

Easy is to make mistakes.
Difficult is to learn from them...

Easy is to think about improving.
Difficult is to stop thinking it and put it into action...

Easy is to receive
Difficult is to give

Easy to read this
Difficult to follow

Easy is keep the friendship with words
Difficult is to keep it with meanings.


Destiny

During a momentous battle, a Japanese General decided to attack even though his army was greatly outnumbered. He was confident they would win, but his men were filled with doubt. On the way to the battle, they stopped at a religious shrine. After praying with the men, the General took out a coin and said, "I shall now toss this coin. If it is heads, we  shall win. If tails, we shall lose. Destiny will now reveal itself."
He threw the coin into the air and all watched intently as it landed. O my God!!! It was HEADS. The soldiers were so overjoyed and filled with confidence  that they vigorously attacked the enemy and were victorious.
After the battle, a Lieutenant remarked to the General, "No one can change destiny."
"Quite right, Dear  Lieutenant" the General replied as he showed the Lieutenant the coin, which had heads on both sides.
So, where is your coin..... I mean winning coin....... toss it and confidently comeout in the world to win over all others.


Courage Quotes

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"Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it."
Mark Twain
"The fearless are merely fearless, those who act in spite of their fear are truly brave."
James A. Lafond-Lewis
"Definition of courage: Grace under pressure."
Ernest Hemingway
"Pressure makes diamonds."
General George Patton
"Many of our fears are tissue paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us through them."
Brendan Francis
"Courage consists of the power of self-recovery."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Courage is rarely reckless or foolish. Courage usually involves a highly realistic estimate of the odds that must be faced."
Margaret Truman
"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to dark place where it leads."
Erica Jong
"It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else."
Erma Bombeck

"Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Personal mastery teaches us to choose. Choosing is a courageous act: picking the results and actions which you will make into your destiny."
Peter Senge
"History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats."
B. C. Forbes
"The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement."
Charles Schwab

"That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise."
Abraham Lincoln
"Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you."
Mary Tyler Moore
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt


Aqal, Sharam aur Mohabbat (Urdu)

Aik din aik nami girami hakim sahab kay pass " Aqal " aayee , Hakim sahab nay sawal kya kay tu kon hay aur kahan rehti hay?? to "Aqal " nay jawab diya kay " main Aqal hoon aur insaan kay dimagh main rehti hoon " kuch he dair main hakim sahab kay paas "Sharam " aaye , hakim sahab nay phir swal kya kay tu kon hay aur kahan rehit hay ??, tu "Sharam " nay jawab diya kay " main sharam hoon aur insaan ke aankh main rehti hoon "  thori dair baad hakim kay sahab kay pass "Mohabat" aayee hakim sahab nay us say bhe yahi sawal kya kay tu kon hay aur kahan rehit hay ??to "Mohabbat " nay jawab diya kay " main mohabbat hoon aur insaan kay dil main rehti hoon "  aglay din hakim sahab kay pass "Gussa " aaya , hakim sahab nay poocha tu kon hay aur kahan rehta hay?? to " Gussa" nay jawab diya kay " main gussa hoon aur insaan kay dimagh main rehta hoon " tab hakim sahab chonk ker bolay kay wahan to " Aqal " rehti hay , to gussa bola , "jab main aata hoon tab Aqal chalee jaatee hay "  kuch dair baad "Ishqe majazi"aaya hakim sahab nay phir sawal kya kay tu kon hay aur kahan rehta hay ?? to Ishqe majazi nay jawab diya kay " main ishqe majazi hoon aur insaan kee aankh  main rehta hoon " tab hakim sahab bolay kay wahan to "Sharam "rehti hay to Ishqe majazi bola " jab main aata hoon tab sharam chalee jaatee hay " kuch dair baad "Lalach" aaya , hakim sahab nay poocha tu kon hay aur kahan rehta hay?? to woh bola " main Lalach hoon aur insaan kay dil main rehta hoon " hakim sahab nay kaha kay wahan to" Mohabbat" rehti hay  to lalach nay jawab diya kay "jab main aata hoon tab mohabbat chalee jaatee hay "

A lesson for all

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A group of frogs were hopping contentedly through the woods, going about their froggy business, when two of them fell into a deep pit. All of the other frogs gathered around the pit to see what could be done to help their companions. When they saw how deep the pit was, the rest of the dismayed group agreed that it was hopeless and told the two frogs in the pit that they should prepare themselves for their fate, because they were as good as dead.
Unwilling to accept this terrible fate, the two frogs began to jump with all of their might. Some of the frogs shouted into the pit that it was hopeless,and that the two frogs wouldn't be in that situation if they had been more careful, more obedient to the froggy rules, and more responsible.
The other frogs continued sorrowfully shouting that they should save their energy and give up, since they were already as good as dead. The two frogs continued jumping as hard as they could, and after several hours of desperate effort were quite weary.
Finally, one of the frogs took heed to the calls of his fellows. Spent and disheartened, he quietly resolved himself to his fate, lay down at the bottom of the pit, and died as the others looked on in helpless grief. The other frog continued to jump with every ounce of energy he had, although his body was wracked with pain and he was completely exhausted.
His companions began anew, yelling for him to accept his fate, stop the pain and just die. The weary frog jumped harder and harder and -- wonder of wonders! Finally leapt so high that he sprang from the pit. Amazed, the other frogs celebrated his miraculous freedom and then gathering around him asked, "Why did you continue jumping when we told you it was impossible?" Reading their lips, the astonished frog explained to them that he was deaf, and that when he saw their gestures and shouting, he thought they were cheering him on. What he had perceived as encouragement inspired him to try harder and to succeed against all odds.

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:Lesson:

This simple story contains a powerful lesson. Your encouraging words can lift someone up and help them make it through the day. Your destructive words can cause deep wounds; they may be the weapons that destroy someone's desire to continue trying -- or even their life. Your destructive, careless word can diminish someone in the eyes of others, destroy their influence and have a lasting impact on the way others respond to them.


21st Century Lifelessness

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* Our communication - Wireless

* Our business - Cashless

* Our telephone - Cordless

* Our cooking - Fireless

* Our youth - Jobless

* Our food - Fatless

* Our labor - Effortless

* Our conduct - Worthless

* Our relation - Loveless

* Our attitude - Careless

* Our feelings - Heartless

* Our politics - Shameless

* Our education - Valueless

* Our follies - Countless

* Our arguments - Baseless

* Our commitment - Aimless

* Our poor - Voiceless

* Our life - Meaningless

* Our existence - Useless????

FINALLY...........!

* Saurav Ganguly - Runless

and

* Shoaib Akhtar - Wicketless!                


a saying

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Someone once approached Blaise Pascal, the famous French philosopher and said, "If I had your brains, I would be a better person." Pascal replied, "Be a better person and you will have my brains."


Compromise..............

Kuch Lafzon Kay Mafhoom Kitne Wazni Hote Hain Hont Un Ko Kabhi Ada Nahi Ker Patay Kuch Un Kahi Batain Hamaishaan Unkahi Rehti Hain Keh Dene Se Un Ki KeeMat Nahi Rehti Kuch Khuwab Kabhi Poore Nahi Hote K Ager Poore Ho Jayain To Tabeer Nahi Milti Kuch Safar Bhi Kabhi Khatam Nahi Hote K Un Ki Koi Manzil Nahi Hoti Jab Zindagi Ka Hasil Kuch Lafz, Un Kahi Batain Adhoore Khuwab, Aur Ek Taweel Safar Reh Jata Hai To Log Khud Apni Zaat Ko Apne Hee Under Dafan Ker K Zindagi Guzarne Ki Aik Nayi Raah Nikalte Hain Jise "COMPROMISE" Kehte Hain


Friday, February 27, 2009

World's Most Interesting Bridges

Gateshead Millennium Bridge - England

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Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and engineered by Gifford, the bridge takes its place at the end of a line of distinguished bridges across the River Tyne, including the Tyne Bridge and Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge.
Linking Gateshead with Newcastle via Gateshead Quays (described as one of the best places in Europe by Tony Blair) and Newcastleâ?™s Quayside, the bridge not only serves a functional purpose as the River Tyneâ?™s only foot and cycle bridge, but its grace and engineering attract people from all over the world.

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

In 1996 Gateshead Council launched a competition to find a bridge that would link developments on both sides of the River Tyne and also complement the existing six bridges crossing the river.
There were over 150 entries. Gateshead residents voted for their favourite design from a shortlist of leading architectural companies.

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

The brief was to create a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists that:
-Allowed ships to pass underneath;
-Did not overshadow the world famous view of the existing bridges;
-Didnâ?™t obstruct the Quayside.

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Worlds most Interesting Bridges

The winning design by Wilkinson & Eyre Architects and Gifford & Partners met the criteria perfectly. Everyone knew this design was exceptional.
Leader of Gateshead Council, Councillor Mick Henry said:
"When we chose the design for the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, we knew we had something very special. The many awards and accolades it has received for its design and construction, has certainly proved us right. But even though we knew how innovative it was, we have been taken aback by the massive worldwide interest in our bridge.
"Local people have taken the bridge to their hearts as a symbol of Gatesheadâ?™s renaissance, and we are thrilled that the bridge now looks set to appear on a pound coin in the near future.
"But we are equally flattered that people right around the world are interested in what we have done, and will continue to do, in order to regenerate Gateshead Quays and East Gateshead."

The Longest Arch Bridge - Lupu Bridge - China

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

The Lupu Bridge is currently the longest arch bridge in the world, stretching a massive 550 meters across the Huangpu River, China. Along with being a record holder ("The bridge's arch is longer than the previous record holder, the 518-metre long New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia"), the bridge is also the center point for a lot of local hostility.

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

The need for a bridging between the Luwan District on the north bank, and Pudong New District on the south bank was agreed by all, but that was where the agreement stopped. The exorbitant cost of the Lupu Bridge was frowned upon by locals and scholars, but chosen by the disgraced mayor Chen Liangyu as it would set the area apart with a world record bridge. The critics use this bridge as an argument to prove the city officials superficiality, when weighed against the needs of its people.

Hangzhou Bay Bridge - China

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Hangzhou Bay Bridge , is a cable-stayed bridge across Hangzhou Bay off the eastern coast of China. It was linked up on June 14, 2007, and connects the municipalities of Shanghai and Ningbo in Zhejiang province. The bridge is the longest trans-oceanic bridge in the world, although it does not have the longest cable-stayed main span.

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

The opening ceremony was held on June 26, 2007 with great domestic media publicity, though after the opening ceremony, the bridge would only be used for test and evaluation purposes. It will not be available to ordinary public transportation, which is scheduled sometime in 2008.

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Construction of this bridge started on June 8, 2003. The bridge itself is 36 km long with six expressway lanes in two directions, making it the second-longest bridge in the world after the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana, USA. The bridge has two main spans, with a 448 metre northern span, and a 318 metre southern span. The designated speed is 100 kilometers per hour, and the designed longevity is more than 100 years. The total investment on the bridge is RMB 11.8 billion (US$ 1.4 billion as of December 2004). 35% of this amount was raised from private companies in Ningbo, 59% was provided as loans from China's central and regional banks. Orthotropic steel deck is used on its main spans and five ramp bridges, and is to be paved with 50 mm epoxy asphalt concrete.

The Kawazu - Nanadaru Loop Bridge

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Many innovations seem only to appear where there is a really unusual need, warranting an unusual solution. The Kawazu-Nanadaru Loop Bridge in Japan is one such example: How do you build a bridge from one mountainside to another when the sides of the mountain are so steep that it is not possible to build a road at the same elevation on both sides? This double spiral brings cars up and down a full 45 meters (148 feet) while being seemingly suspended in a valley between two mountainsides.
Some other stats:
- 1.1 km long
- 80 meters in diameter
- speed limit: 30 km/h

Coming upon this bridge in the middle of this mountain road is quite an experience. The bridge was finished in 1982 and has become a popular landmark on route 414 heading south from Tokyo towards the hot spring resorts of the Izu peninsula.

Oresund Bridge

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Worlds most Interesting Bridges

The Oresund Bridge (Danish Øresundsbroen, Swedish Öresundsbron, joint hybrid name Øresundsbron) is a combined two-track rail and four-lane road bridge across the Oresund strait. The bridge-tunnel is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe and connects the two metropolitan areas of the Oresund Region: the Danish capital of Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö. The international European route E20 runs across the bridge, as does the Oresund Railway Line.

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The bridge has one of the longest cable-stayed main spans in the world at 490 metres (1,608 ft). The height of the highest pillar is 204 metres (669 ft). The total length of the bridge is 7,845 metres (25,738 ft), which is approximately half the distance between the Swedish and Danish landmasses, and its weight is 82,000 metric tons. The rest of the distance is spanned by the artificial island Peberholm (Pepper islet) (4,055 m), named as a counterpart to the already existing Saltholm islet, followed by a tunnel on the Danish side. The tunnel is 4,050 metres (13,287 ft) long, a 3,510 metre long buried undersea tunnel plus two 270-metre gate-tunnels. On the bridge, the two rail-tracks are beneath the four road lanes. The bridge has a vertical clearance of 57 metres (187 ft), although most boat traffic across Oresund still passes over the Drogden strait (where the tunnel lies). The bridge was designed by Arup.

The Piazza di San Marco - Venice

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Worlds most Interesting Bridges

The Piazza di San Marco may be more famous, but the Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) is the true heart of Venice. The current structure was built in just three years, between 1588 and 1591, as a permanent replacement for the boat bridge and three wooden bridges that had spanned the Grand Canal at various times since the 12th Century. It remained the only way to cross the Grand Canal on foot until the Accademia Bridge was built in 1854.

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

The Rialto Bridge's 24-foot arch was designed to allow passage of galleys, and the massive structure was built on some 12,000 wooden pilings that still support the bridge more than 400 years later. The architect, Antonio da Ponte ("Anthony of the Bridge," appropriately enough), competed against such eminent designers as Michelangelo and Palladio for the contract.

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

The bridge has three walkways: two along the outer balustrades, and a wider central walkway leading between two rows of small shops that sell jewelry, linens, Murano glass, and other items for the tourist trade. (NOTE: The bridge consists primarily of steps, making it a challenge for tourists with strollers or wheelchairs.)

Stari Most (The Old Bridge) - Mostar

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Stari Most (English translation: "The Old Bridge") is a 16th century Turkish bridge in the city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects two parts of the city. The bridge was destroyed by Croatian Council of Defence units during the War in Bosnia-Herzegovina, on November 9, 1993 at 10.15 am. A project was set in motion to rebuild it, and the new bridge built by Turkish masters opened on July 23, 2004.
The bridge spans the Neretva river in the old town of Mostar, the city to which it gave the name. The city is the fourth-largest in the country, it is the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation, and the unofficial capital of Herzegovina.

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

The Stari Most is hump-backed, 4 meters wide and 30 meters long, and dominates the river from a height of 24 meters. Two fortified towers protect it: the Helebija tower on the northeast and the Tara tower on the southwest, called "the bridge keepers" (natively mostari).
The arch of the bridge was made of local stone known as tenelija. The shape of the arch is the result of numerous irregularities produced by the deformation of the intrados (the inner line of the arch). The most accurate description would be that it is a circle of which the centre is depressed in relation to the string course.

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Worlds most Interesting Bridges

Instead of foundations, the bridge has abutments of limestone linked to wing walls along the waterside cliffs. Measuring from the summer water level of 40.05 m, abutments are erected to a height of 6..53 m, from which the arch springs to its high point. The start of the arch is emphasized by a moulding 0.32 m. in height. The rise of the arch is 12.02 m.

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