Girsu Bridge – the oldest bridge in the world

Girsu Bridge - the oldest bridge in the worldPhotos from open sources of

This is a megalithic structure, which is not less than 4 thousand years old, for a long time, after its discovery, it was identified by the temple, now a dam, then something else, and only very recently have scientists clearly determined that the ancient Sumerian city of Girsu simply had this brick bridge over the waterway, which, of course, does not preserved to this day.

Therefore, the Girsu bridge can be considered the oldest in the world, from surviving to this day even in such a dilapidated condition.

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We add that the city of Girsu itself is considered the oldest in history of humanity. It is located between the modern cities of Iraq – Basra and Baghdad. Girsu was the capital of the same ancient Kingdom Lagash, was considered a sacred metropolis, erected about 5 thousand years ago in honor of the Sumerian god Ningirsu. Moreover, when the political power of the state subsequently moved to the city of Lagash, Girsu continued to remain recognized religious center.

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It was the city of Girsu that gave us the knowledge of the ancient Sumerian civilizations, as well as unique monuments of Sumerian architecture, in including this oldest brick bridge that was discovered in 1920 (specify that the city of Girsu itself is open French archaeologists in 1877).

Unfortunately, for almost a century, the oldest Girsu bridge has practically was accessible to everyone and everyone, it was not guarded at all as the greatest architectural attraction, and therefore – just collapsed.

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True today the oldest settlement of Girsu (modern Tello) used and accordingly protected by the British Museum, based on which is being trained by Iraqi archaeologists. Recently museum staff said that as part of the curriculum restoration of the oldest Girsu bridge in the world is planned. Well that’s encouraging and happy …

Sumerii Bridges

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