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" BRAZIL: The Century Bridge"

To end the year 2008, walking along the waterfront in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, I came upon a fact of great relevance. I noted, with great admiration, that iron bridge had completed one hundred years in perfect condition. Don't know if, during this period, he received the appropriate conservation tract. I think not. I think the excellent quality of this "masterpiece" is that makes resist time. Its columns lifted from Riverbed, perfectly aligned with accuracy, were built with granite blocks "gold honey", composing as a jewel. Signaled already in those times the region's economic vocation for the exploration of one of our riches: the Granites in its soil and subsoil. Its structure of iron with vertical and diagonal columns in addition to its equilibrium bows at the top, everything installed, impress by millimeters accuracy. It’ s a show!

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Many thanks to Hudson Manzano Ribeiro for sending this article.

 


 

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