Friday, March 26, 2010

Trier #8 ...

... the Roman Bridge across the Moselle River ...

... classicist railing - Johanniterufer ...

... In 1698, the bridge was blown up by French troops.
1716-18, the stone arches were renewed and
a crucifix and a statue of St. Nicholas were added ...
source: Aerilius

... view on the Mosel and the Zollkran (1774) ...

... Bacchus - Johanniterufer ...

Historic Treadwheel Crane 1774
Architekt Johannes Seiz
... the Baroque Customs Crane / Zollkran
or Younger Moselle Crane / Jüngerer Moselkran...

... Trier was a capital of the western Roman Empire,
situated on the navigable river Moselle.
The river was always important to the wine trade
and two old cranes, dating from 1413 and 1774,
survive on the river bank at Trier that were largely used
for loading casks of wine. Both are sited in squat circular
masonry towers with high conical roofs constructed in
two sections. The upper, turning, sections each have
two angled 13m long jibs protruding.
These could be used both to serve boats on the river
and the road on the bank simultaneously.
Each crane was powered by two treadwheels,
4.2m in diameter and 1.2m wide. which was driven
by human muscle power to move the pulleys.

Römerbrücke / Roman Bridge ... (EN)
by Aerilius
... is the oldest bridge in Germany.
The pillars were errected 144 to 152 AD.
The massive pillars made of basalt blocks were connected
with a wooden construction at Roman times.
The bridge is 198 m long and the pillar spacings
differ between 10.1 and 21.25 m. ...