How Bridges Were Constructed During The 14th century


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  1. Take a look at this, and consider how intelligent people were back then. Yet, according to the eejits on Ancient Aliens, huge symmetrical stone structures are evidence that aliens were present since people that long ago had to be full window lickers or something.

  2. Things used to be a lot harder with hand work before the industrial revolution, in my opinion. Then I recall slaves and remember that people have always been jerks.

  3. This is completely incorrect. You must believe in highly shaky sources from the period when the god descended from the heavens and founded their cities. Don’t be fooled by this nonsense; the building didn’t just fall from the sky.

    /s

  4. It wasn’t necessary to spend tens of thousands of dollars or tens of millions of dollars. “Here’s where the marmalade will be,” he said, and something happened.

  5. It was already posted in this sub a while ago, but it’s a good gif.

    This is, as far as I recall, the building of the St. Georges Bridge in Prague.

    Even, it’s a good sight to see.

  6. I can see it, but I’m always baffled as to how they did it with the resources they had. For example, how did the first wooden poles end up at the river’s bottom? It’s very impressive.

  7. A clear example of this mechanism can be found in Ken Follett’s book “World Without End,” which is set in the 14th century and revolves around a plot to create a bridge. I’d suggest it.

  8. This is referred to as a time lapse. They took a lot of pictures, but every frame required the workers to move out of the way.
    Magnets and/or fishing wire were used to create mid-air frames.

  9. They shot it upside down in Australia and simply waited for the building to fall off the cliff, creating a simple but powerful optical illusion when played back the right way up.

  10. Consider completing this task without the use of calculus or advanced mathematics. Sure, they could build it with geometry, but they didn’t have a way to do any structural analysis. Insane

  11. They enlisted the support of Scottish log tossers. For centuries, they’ve been tossing logs like that. If you have any doubts? Take a look at the games that take place in the Highlands.

  12. Tomá Muslek produced this animation of Prague’s Charles Bridge. It’s basically robbed because the credits have been cut out. Shame on you.

    It was created to commemorate the 700th anniversary of Charles IV’s birth.

  13. Many of these items are relatively simple to do individually, such as putting logs to build a frame or carting rocks; they just took longer. There are still working aqueducts today with documentation of how they were constructed.

  14. Pillars of the Earth and World Without End are excellent books for someone who enjoys architecture and historical fiction. They get into what it takes to build bridges, churches, cathedrals, and maintain other structures.

  15. This type of engineering was used, as well as witchcraft trials. We may create vaccines to combat a deadly disease while also having antivaxxers and flat-earthers.

    I suppose we haven’t made too much progress.

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  17. I’m curious as to whether the construction of that bridge or the creation of this immaculate animation portraying the construction of that bridge took longer.

  18. To put it another way, not much has changed in 700 years.

    Bridges are still built in this manner today. Build the foundation, dewater, then build the spans.

  19. No, there was no cgi in the 14th century; it was destroyed when the crusaders sacked Constantinople and was rediscovered in the late 20th century at a tatooine excavation.

  20. fascinating… What would have been used for “fill” – it appears like a load of rocks/gravel were dumped in here. But, wouldn’t there have been some mortar or anything in there?

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