Römerbrücke (Roman Bridge)
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This is said to be the oldest Roman bridge north of the Alps, constructed between 144 and 152 A.D. There were three construction phases and the bridge we see today is the third since the former town “Augusta Treverorum” was founded.
A first Roman bridge existed from 17 B.C. - this however was made of wood. First, a wooden carriageway was constructed on the seven mighty buttresses of basalt and blue limestone blocks. As a result of banking up the shores of the Mosel and raising the level of the water, the bridge had to be raised by 2 metres. From the 13th century it had a stone carriageway until it was blown up by French troops in 1689.
Between the years 1717 and 1719 the Roman Bridge was reconstructed. To this day it still stands on the almost 2,000 - year-old foundation of the Roman buttresses.