Gothic Bridge, Dravce

Historical bridges in Slovakia display unique methods of technical construction. They usually look very simple and have a very specific structure. The Gothic Bridge, Dravce is a small bridge made from quarry stone and located in Dravce, a small village in the Spiš region situated on the road from Poprad to Levoča. It is considered to be the oldest preserved bridge in Slovakia. The earliest reference to the village of Dravce dates from 1263 and is related to the royal guardians of the forests. The bridge, which was, according to documentation, built in the 13th century, leads over the Dvorecký Stream. It is still in use today and leads to the main road through the village. The bridge is a rare preserved technical construction dating from the Middle Ages. Its single sharp-bowed arc is typical of the simple structures from that period.

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