The masonry Bridge of 33 Arches over the Zayandeh River is the epitome of Safavid dynasty (1502-1722) bridge design. Esfahan, Iran.A log bridge in the French Alps near Vallorcine.
Discover great deals on the many hard to find and one of a kind items available only on eBay!

Bridges

A bridge is a structure built to span a gorge, valley, road, railroad track, river, body of water, or any other physical obstacle, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle. more...

HomeHome
Bird & Wildlife AccessoriesBird & Wildlife Accessories
Garden DécorGarden Décor
Garden Structures & FencingGarden Structures & Fencing
Arches & GazebosArches & Gazebos
BridgesBridges
Garden BridgeGarden Bridge
Edging, Gates & FencingEdging, Gates & Fencing
Greenhouses & TerrariumsGreenhouses & Terrariums
OtherOther
Storage ShedsStorage Sheds
TrellisesTrellises
Gardening & PlantsGardening & Plants

Designs of bridges will vary depending on the function of the bridge and the nature of the terrain where the bridge is to be constructed.

History

The first bridges were made by nature — as simple as a log fallen across a stream. The first bridges made by humans were probably spans of wooden logs or planks and eventually stones, using a simple support and crossbeam arrangement. Most of these early bridges could not support heavy weights or withstand strong currents. It was these inadequacies which led to the development of better bridges.

Epic literature of India provides mythological accounts of bridges constructed from India to Lanka by the army of Rama. The Arthashastra of Kautilya mentions the construction of dams and bridges. A Mauryan bridge near Girnar was surveyed by James Princep. The bridge was swept away during a flood, and later repaired by Puspagupta, the chief architect of emperor Chandragupta I. The bridge also fell under the care of the Yavana Tushaspa, and the Satrap Rudra Daman. The use of stronger bridges using plaited bamboo and iron chain was visible in India by about the 4th century. A number of bridges, both for military and commercial purposes, were constructed by the Mughal administration in India.

The ancient Romans built arch bridges and aqueducts that could stand in conditions that would damage or destroy earlier designs. Some of them still stand today. An example is the Alcántara Bridge, built over the river Tagus, in Spain. Most earlier bridges would have been swept away by the strong current. The Romans also used cement, which reduced the variation of strength found in natural stone. One type of cement, called pozzolana, consisted of water, lime, sand, and volcanic rock. Brick and mortar bridges were built after the Roman era, as the technology for cement was lost then later rediscovered.

Although large Chinese bridges of wooden construction existed at the time of the Warring States, the oldest surviving stone bridge in China is the Zhaozhou Bridge, built from 595 to 605 AD during the Sui Dynasty. This bridge is also historically significant as it is the world's oldest open-spandrel stone segmental arch bridge. European segmental arch bridges date back to at least the Alconétar Bridge (approximately 2nd century AD), while the enormous Roman era Trajan's Bridge (105 AD) featured open-spandrel segmental arches in wooden construction.

Read more at Wikipedia.org


[List your site here Free!]

5Ft Wooden Garden Bridge Decorative Yard Landscape Outdoor Walkway Backyard5Ft Wooden Garden Bridge Decorative Yard Landscape Outdoor Walkway Backyard $1.25 Koi Pond Garden Bridge Outdoor Structure Stream Crossing Backyard Wooden Large 6Koi Pond Garden Bridge Outdoor Structure Stream Crossing Backyard Wooden Large 6 $199.99
Shine Company 3 Ft. Cedar Garden Bridge Natural Bridges Structures Shade YardShine Company 3 Ft. Cedar Garden Bridge Natural Bridges Structures Shade Yard $41.95 5' Wooden Bridge Stained Finish Decorative Solid Wood Garden Pond Arch Walkway5' Wooden Bridge Stained Finish Decorative Solid Wood Garden Pond Arch Walkway $104.66
Pine Oriental Garden Bridge *Unfinished* 8 ft, 10ft, 12ft - Amish Made in UsaPine Oriental Garden Bridge *Unfinished* 8 ft, 10ft, 12ft - Amish Made in Usa $990.99 to $1,395.99 Wooden Bridge 5' Natural Finish Decorative Solid Wood Best Choice ProductsWooden Bridge 5' Natural Finish Decorative Solid Wood Best Choice Products $99.71
Pine Oriental Garden Bridge *9 Stains* 4ft 6ft 8ft 10ft Amish Made in UsaPine Oriental Garden Bridge *9 Stains* 4ft 6ft 8ft 10ft Amish Made in Usa $625.99 to $1,100.99 4' Swan Wood Garden Bridges with Cross Halved Lattice Rails, Made in Usa,New4' Swan Wood Garden Bridges with Cross Halved Lattice Rails, Made in Usa,New $449.99
Suspension Bridge - 12 inches - Made in UsaSuspension Bridge - 12 inches - Made in Usa $28.47 Wooden Garden Bridge 6 Ft Path Stream Japanese Style Landscape Decor Feature ZenWooden Garden Bridge 6 Ft Path Stream Japanese Style Landscape Decor Feature Zen $179.55
33 Miniature Beige Fairy Tale Wood Garden Bridge Decorative Picket Railings33 Miniature Beige Fairy Tale Wood Garden Bridge Decorative Picket Railings $375.77 6 ft. Treated Zen Japanese Garden Bridge Kit Pre-Drilled Mildly Arched Flooring6 ft. Treated Zen Japanese Garden Bridge Kit Pre-Drilled Mildly Arched Flooring $793.14
samsgazebos miniature japanese waterproofed wood garden bridge, 25-inch, tansamsgazebos miniature japanese waterproofed wood garden bridge, 25-inch, tan $196.49 samsgazebos miniature japanese wood garden bridge, 29-inch, redsamsgazebos miniature japanese wood garden bridge, 29-inch, red $266.05
4' Japanese Wood Garden Bridges with Arched Railings, Made in Usa, New4' Japanese Wood Garden Bridges with Arched Railings, Made in Usa, New $359.99 4-Ft Garden Bridge with Rails in Cedar Wood4-Ft Garden Bridge with Rails in Cedar Wood $224.97
Pine Spindle Bridge *9 Stains* 4ft 6ft 8ft Amish Made in UsaPine Spindle Bridge *9 Stains* 4ft 6ft 8ft Amish Made in Usa $750.99 to $1,150.99 25 Beige Miniature Japanese Wood Garden Bridge Arched Waterproof Footbridge25 Beige Miniature Japanese Wood Garden Bridge Arched Waterproof Footbridge $153.47
Black 4-Foot Metal Arched Rails Garden Bridge Outdoor Home Furniture Decor YardBlack 4-Foot Metal Arched Rails Garden Bridge Outdoor Home Furniture Decor Yard $300.00 Was:  Previous Price $350.00 Garden Bridge Wooden 4ft with Hand Rail Hardy Moisture Resistant Acacia Wood RedGarden Bridge Wooden 4ft with Hand Rail Hardy Moisture Resistant Acacia Wood Red $380.00
samsgazebos moon bridges japanese style arched wood garden bridges, 4-feet,samsgazebos moon bridges japanese style arched wood garden bridges, 4-feet, $569.93 Garden Bridge 6ft Black Metal Durable Side Rails Walking Bridge Outdoor GardenGarden Bridge 6ft Black Metal Durable Side Rails Walking Bridge Outdoor Garden $499.00
4 Foot Metal Garden Bridge Outdoor Furniture Decor Structure Home Porch Backyard4 Foot Metal Garden Bridge Outdoor Furniture Decor Structure Home Porch Backyard $275.00 Outdoor Decorative Garden Bridge Metal 6ft Backyard Decor Walkway Pond Arch YardOutdoor Decorative Garden Bridge Metal 6ft Backyard Decor Walkway Pond Arch Yard $338.90
Outdoor Steel Bridge 6 Ft Garden Pond Bridges Garden Pond Durable BlackOutdoor Steel Bridge 6 Ft Garden Pond Bridges Garden Pond Durable Black $288.98 Wooden Garden Bridge 4' Koi Pond Stream Crossing Outdoor Furniture Fish BackyardWooden Garden Bridge 4' Koi Pond Stream Crossing Outdoor Furniture Fish Backyard $129.95
samsgazebos miniature japanese treated wood garden bridge, 29-inch, brownsamsgazebos miniature japanese treated wood garden bridge, 29-inch, brown $193.74 29 Treated Brown Miniature Japanese Wood Garden Bridge Arched Wooden Footbridge29 Treated Brown Miniature Japanese Wood Garden Bridge Arched Wooden Footbridge $177.32
Pine Spindle Garden Bridge *Unfinished* 4 ft 6 ft 8 ft- Amish Made in UsaPine Spindle Garden Bridge *Unfinished* 4 ft 6 ft 8 ft- Amish Made in Usa $720.99 to $1,080.99 4-Ft Garden Bridge with Railings in Weather Resistant Fir Wood4-Ft Garden Bridge with Railings in Weather Resistant Fir Wood $162.79
Pine Baluster Garden Bridge *Unfinished* 4 ft 6 ft 8 ft Amish Made in UsaPine Baluster Garden Bridge *Unfinished* 4 ft 6 ft 8 ft Amish Made in Usa $720.99 to $1,080.99 samsgazebos swan wood garden bridge with cross halved lattice railings, 4-feet,samsgazebos swan wood garden bridge with cross halved lattice railings, 4-feet, $597.61
Pine Oriental Garden Bridge *Unfinished* 4ft 6ft 8ft 10ft Amish Made in UsaPine Oriental Garden Bridge *Unfinished* 4ft 6ft 8ft 10ft Amish Made in Usa $607.99 to $1,080.99 Pine Baluster Bridge *9 Stains* 4ft 6ft 8ft Amish Made in UsaPine Baluster Bridge *9 Stains* 4ft 6ft 8ft Amish Made in Usa $745.99 to $1,100.99
6-Ft Outdoor Wooden Garden Bridge with Handrails in Dark Charcoal Wood Stain6-Ft Outdoor Wooden Garden Bridge with Handrails in Dark Charcoal Wood Stain $292.80 2 Piece Red Roll-Out Wooden Straight & Curved Pathways Set Garden Outdoor Home2 Piece Red Roll-Out Wooden Straight & Curved Pathways Set Garden Outdoor Home $235.00
25 Red Miniature Japanese Wood Garden Bridge Waterproof Hand-painted Footbridge25 Red Miniature Japanese Wood Garden Bridge Waterproof Hand-painted Footbridge $185.49 samsgazebos zen japanese style wood garden bridges, 6-feet, brownsamsgazebos zen japanese style wood garden bridges, 6-feet, brown $759.79
Pine Baluster Garden Bridge *9 Stains* 8 ft 10 ft 12 ft Amish Made in UsaPine Baluster Garden Bridge *9 Stains* 8 ft 10 ft 12 ft Amish Made in Usa $1,200.99 to $1,700.99 miniature japanese wood garden bridge, treated, assembled, 25" long x 11" tallminiature japanese wood garden bridge, treated, assembled, 25" long x 11" tall $149.24
Click to see more Bridges items at www.ebay.com
Prices current as of last update, 02/23/18 8:08am.

See also...
Garden Bridge, Bridges, Garden Structures & Fencing

Home Contact Resources Exchange Links eBay