The devil’s bridge
The devil’s bridge It is a bridge over Arda river, situated close to Diadovci village and 6km north of the town of Ardino. It was built in the late medieval age in a narrow picturesque defile. It was part of a road connecting the area of the Thracian lowland with the White Sea region (Plovdiv, Asse-novgrad, Topolski passageway, Devil’s bridge, Daladzha, Alada, Ustra, Makaza, White Sea area). The bridge follows the medieval architectural tradition. It is a three-vault bridge with few spillways. The arches are with heights of 4.65m, 8.5m and 4.65m and the corresponding widths of 8.5m, 18m and 8.5m. The first and the second pillars are 5.55m high. Breakwaters are constructed against the river’s flow. The roadway is 65.7m long and 3.4m wide. A railway with height of 20sm was built. After the conservation works on the bridge in 1993, the railway was broadened to 50sm. In 1979 the bridge was designated as a protected place and in 2003 categorized as a na-ture monument. Note: The bridge is nice for tourism. There is a marked road to it, part of a tourist path
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