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Cable-stayed bridge

Czech post will issue a stamp featuring the Cable-stayed bridge – Mariánský Bridge in Ústí nad Labem. It was designed by the renowned architecture studio Roman Koucký.

It is one of the most distinctive and disputed projects built in the post-November 1989 Czech Republic.

Following years of lengthy discussions about location of the bridge, the city councillors decided to place it under the Mariánská Rock, a site best suited for the bridge’s main role, i.e. combining the city’s three quarters – the city centre, Krásné B?ezno on the left bank and St?ekov on the right bank of the Labe river. The 70m high bridge was built in 1993 to 1998 and became the city’s new dominant.

The height is not the only feature attracting the attention of people: the impossible-to-overlook system of steel cables suspending the 170m long bridge is similarly provoking. The architect designed the number of cables, the height and shape of the pylon not only with respect to static but also to his artistic visions. For instance, the height of the pylon was to counterbalance the Mariánská Rock on the other side of the river.

It also matches the height of the tower of the gothic church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary nearby. According to the Structural Engineering International (SEI), quarterly Journal of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), it is one of the ten most beautiful 1990s world buildings.

Title: Cable-stayed bridge
Date of Issue: 20 October 2010
Country: Czech Republic
Denominations: 10 CZK

Source: www.cpost.cz

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