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The Rosental viaduct crosses the valley of the Usa between Friedberg and Bad Nauheim. The historic viaduct dates from the construction of the Main-Weser-Bahn 1847-1850 and was replaced in 1982 in its function by a concurrent, modern concrete construction, without the historic bridge was demolished.
It is considered an important traffic-technical cultural monument after the Hessian monument protection law. The bridge is unique in this size in such artistic execution in Hesse.
June 3, 2018
The historic Rosental Viaduct is a monumental stone arch bridge with filled arches made of red sandstone. It was built by the Mainz architect Peter Hochgesandt. With 24 arches - hence its second name 24 halls - it spans the Usa valley at a height of 16 meters over 275 meters. The 24 arches are divided into three groups of eight arches by polygonal pillars. The platforms of the pillars provided railway workers with reliable protection against approaching trains. The arches are also separated by tapered pillars, over the cornice of which the arches begin. The building is stylistically based on Roman aqueducts. A profiled parapet band forms the upper end.This very representative version of the bridge is said to be due to the fact that it is in the immediate vicinity and in the field of vision of Friedberg Castle, which served as the residence of the Grand Dukes of Hesse-Darmstadt when the Main-Weser Railway was built.Almost parallel is a lower (12 m), shorter (270 m) and also double-track arch bridge (Rosental Viaduct II) in a simpler version for the Horlofftalbahn opened in 1897. This stone bridge with nine arches has replaced a half-timbered bridge from 1897 since 1937.
June 23, 2020
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