According to the Merriam-Webster, the definition of a bridge is usually defined as “a structure carrying a pathway or roadway OVER a depression or obstacle”. So the Moses Bridge, located in Halsteren, the Netherlands, isn’t really a bridge since it doesn’t go over the moat, but gives the illusion of parting the waters in two as Moses once did in the biblical history.
Dating back to the 17th century, the West Barbrant Water Line is a series of fortresses and cities with inundation areas in the north of the Netherlands. The moat was designed to keep the brigands and invaders away as it is too deep to cross on foot and to hollow to cross by boat.
It fell into disrepair in the 19th century, but a restoration program has been set in motion when Fort de Roovere, the largest fort on the line, asked for an access bridge.
At first, it didn’t seem right to the designers, to go against the original purpose of the moat, so they decided to build an “invisible” crossing. Set under the water level, this miraculous “bridge” is made out of Accoya wood sheet, which is a waterproof wood. It is also known to be very robust, hence, will sustain decay and erosion.
So maybe the Moses Bridge doesn’t fall into the exact definition of a bridge, but it is an outstanding invention that’s worth checking out. You can watch below a slideshow that I have put together on Vimeo with eleven pictures of this marvelous wonder.
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