Zhaozhou Bridge (Zhàozhōu Qiáo 赵州桥)

Ronald G. KNAPP

The segmented open spandrels (arches) that support the Zhaozhou Bridge, built during the Sui dynasty, were a Chinese innovation. Such engineering allowed the bridge to span a wide river and accommodate boat traffic.

The Zhaozhou Bridge, built between 595 and 605 CE, is the world’s first large segmental arch bridge, making possible a near-level span of a broad river in North China. The innovation of open spandrels—arch-shaped openings—in the triangular….

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By | 2014-12-16T16:54:14+00:00 January 23rd, 2012|Architecture, Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Geography, History, Arts, and Culture, Site|Comments Off on Zhaozhou Bridge (Zhàozhōu Qiáo 赵州桥)

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