Arch bridges in Solkan

Solkan Bridge

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Solkan Bridge (Slovene: Solkanski most) is a 220-metre long stone bridge over the river Soča near Nova Gorica in western Slovenia. With an arch span of 85 metres it is the second longest stone arch in the world and the longest stone arch among train bridges. It was built in the time of the Secession, between 1900 and 1906.

On July 19, 1906, the railway from Jesenice to Gorizia was completed and the Austrian heir Franz Ferdinand travelled across the bridge. In 1916, during the first world war, the Austrians destroyed the bridge as they left Solkan, so that the invading forces couldn't use it. After the war the Italians first build a steel construction where the bridge once stood and in April 1925 started to build a new bridge, which was finished in 1927. This bridge was very similar to the first one, with the exception of having only four sub-arches instead of the original five. During the second world war the bridge suffered only minimal damage from bomb attacks, which the Germans repaired in a few days.

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Sveta Sh.
3 November 2018
Biggest stone arch in the world, built before WW I I suppose. Beautiful, best viewed in daylight.
Evgeniya Mishkarudnaya
20 September 2016
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0.5km from Šmaver, 5250 Solkan, Slovenia

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