St. Servaasbrug, Maastricht
The Sint Servaasbrug (St Servaasbridge) is a pedestrian bridge which links the citycentre of Maastricht at the western side of the river Maas with the Wijck district at the other side of the river.
This bridge is probably the oldest bridge in the Netherlands. The original Roman bridge was replaced by a wooden bridge. This wooden bridge collapsed in 1275 during a procession. More than 400 people died.
In 1280 the building of the present bridge of stone started. This bridge had first a wooden part on the eastern side, which could be moved away in case of danger. In 1932 this part has been replaced by a construction which can be raised for tall ships.
The St Servaas Bridge is the oldest bridge in Maastricht, and one of the oldest bridges in the Netherlands. The bridge was built in 1280 and was finished in 1298. A previous bridge - built by the Romans - was demolished 5 years before they started building the new one. This earlier bridge was a wooden bridge that fell apart when a religious procession marched over it. Over 400 people died.
The new bridge used to have a wooden part on the side of the train station. This part could be torn down in case of danger. Nowadays this part has been replaced by an automatic bridge that can be raised to let tall ships pass through.
The part of the bridge that doesn't have arches, can be raised, so that ships can pass underneath it.
Sint Servaas Brug (Bridge of Saint Servatius, in English) is the ancient Dutch stone bridge which cross the Maas River. It was built between 1280 and 1298 to substitute the original Roman bridge collpased in 1275. Originally it has got eight stones arcs but some of them were destroyed during the construction of the canal Luik-Maastricht in 1850.
It was restored many times during the centuries and during the II War World it was seriously damaged but it was repaired among 1946 and 1947.
From the bridge you can have a wonderful view of the skyline of Maastricht.
Not far from the Cathedral of Our Lady, the city's oldest bridge,Saint Servaas bridge, lies spanning the river Maas with its 7 arches. Formerly these used to be nine or ten, but part of them were taken down to be replaced with a drawbridge that allows modern traffic to pass beyond it on the river.
this the oldest bridge of maastricht.
The 160 meter long stonen St. Servaasbrug across the Maas in Maastricht was build between 1280 and 1298 of Naamse hardsteen (hard stones?)
it had orginal nine arches.
The original St. Servaasbrug was built between 1280 and 1295. This one was replaced between 1683 and 1716 by Francis Rooman. In 1925 they wanted to demolish the bridge but then a storm of protest came loose all over the Netherlands. Various research has been done after that and 4 years later was decided to leave the bridge like it is.
Known then as 'Mosa Trajectum', Maastricht was one of the most important cities outside of Italy during the Roman Empire. The Servatius Bridge is one of the last remainders of that era in the Netherlands.
This bridge crossing the river Maas is very beautiful and the oldest bridge in Maastricht. Seagulls flying around here and a heavy wind gave it quite a maritime feeling when we were here in winter.
The St. Servaas bridge is one of the oldest bridges of the Netherlands. It's the place where you can spend people watching (or river watching) for hours.
This is one of the oldest bridges in Holland. Built from 1280 to 1289 it crosses the Maas River from the old town to the new town. Today only pedestrians are able to cross the bridge.
Maastricht is divided by the river Maas. This is a view towards Wyck from the western (left) bank of the river. The old town centre is to our left.