Friday, 14 December 2012

Müngstener Bridge

Postcard no 300 - (Rosie)

The bridge is 107 metres (351 ft) high and spans the valley of the river Wupper, connecting the cities of Remscheid and Solingen in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Originally the bridge was named Kaiser-Wilhelm-Brücke (Emperor Wilhelm Bridge) to honour Emperor Wilhelm I. After the end of the monarchy the bridge was renamed after the nearby settlement of Müngsten, which is close to the city limits of Solingen, Remscheid and Wuppertal. Today, the settlement no longer exists, so Müngsten is simply a landmark.

The first breaking of the earth was on 26 February 1894. A total of 1,400 kilograms (3,100 lb) of dynamite and 1,600 kilograms (3,500 lb) of black-powder were needed during construction.  The bridge's official inauguration celebration took place on 15 July 1897.

 Appropriately the stamps included a railway one -

The other was this one from a series of German paintings -

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