China’s Anji Bridge, built in 605 CE, is the largest and oldest stone-arched bridge in the world and is still in use today. It’s survived 1400 years of floods, war, and earthquakes without needing to have any of its 28 original structural slabs replaced. 

Photo via: China.org

Photo via: China.org

Photo: Public domain

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Historic Bridge Bookshelves by Eugeniya Retinskaya

Thanks to Etsy shop owner Eugeniya Retinskaya—your beloved books now have an illustrious platform to traverse along. Inspired by the great architectural overpasses of our time, these structures are available in both easy-to-assemble and as DIY projects for you hands-on builders out there. Check out Retinskaya’s shop W and R Store to see this entire collection.

Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s engraving of the Ponte Salario over the Aniene river, circa 1750s. The Ponte Salario was initially constructed in the first century BC, and destroyed in the Gothic War of 535-554. Rebuilt in 565 with the bridge tower added in the eighth century, the bridge as pictured stood until the mid-1800s when it was destroyed by soldiers. The current bridge spanning this location was constructed in 1874.