Germany's first stone bridge is said to have been built at the current location around 1120. Due to increasing damage, it was decided in the 15th century to build a new building by the master builder Hans von Königshofen.
The pillars were completed between 1476 and 1488. The connection between the pillars was built in wood. In order to save the maintenance costs of the wooden construction, the arches in stone were started in 1512. Bridge gates and towers were demolished in the Baroque period.
Around 1730 the bridge was enriched with the characteristic 4.5 meter high baroque figures of saints. The figures, which were already smashed and used for road construction in 1912, were badly damaged in the night of bombing in 1945, but could be restored.
February 5, 2017
With a stretch of 527 kilometers, the Main is the longest right tributary of the Rhine.
The source rivers of the Main arise in the Fichtelgebirge (Weißer Main) and in the Franconian Alb (Roter Main). On the western edge of the city of Kulmbach in the Melkendorf district near Steinenhausen Castle, the two source rivers join to form the actual Main. The course of the river maintains its main east-west direction - which is rare in Central Europe - despite many striking changes in direction, and touches several Franconian low mountain ranges, the Franconian wine-growing region and numerous, partly well-preserved historic town centers. The Main flows through large conurbations around Würzburg and Frankfurt. Opposite the old town of Mainz - between Ginsheim-Gustavsburg and the Maaraue in Mainz-Kostheim - it flows into the Rhine.
August 19, 2018
The beautiful Old Main Bridge, every day a thousand tourists run over it. It is the oldest bridge over the Main and a landmark of the city. The structure was built in the 12th century and for many centuries was the only crossing in the city across the Main.
December 8, 2019
The Old Main Bridge is the oldest bridge over the Main in Würzburg and a landmark of the city. The building, which began in the 12th century, was Würzburg's only river crossing until 1886. The bridge, part of the East-West Passage, connects the old town on the right bank of the Main with the Marienberg fortress opposite at km 252.32  on the Main. It is used by pedestrians and cyclists. With its stone figures that shape the cityscape, the Old Main Bridge, like the Charles Bridge in Prague, continued a tradition that began in Rome with the Angel's Bridge.
July 31, 2019
@Oliver: "The first stone bridge in Germany" is not the Alte Mainbrücke in Würzburg. Almost 1000 years earlier, the Roman bridge over the Moselle was built in stone in Trier and the construction of the Nahe bridge near Bingen is roughly dated to the middle of the 11th century.
April 21, 2020
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