Ottoman era bridge spanning Vjosë River
Ottoman era bridge spanning Vjosë River

There are hundreds of bridges and bridge ruins found throughout Albania. A total of 90 have achieved the status of monument of cultural heritage. The oldest standing bridge in the country is the Kauri Bridge, located in the village of Poshnjë — it dates back to the late antiquity. The longest spanning bridge is the Shushica Bridge (520 m) — it crosses the Devoll river as a segment of the Banjë-Gramsh road. The tallest bridge in the country is the Fshat Bridge (157 m) — it is part of the important Arbër Road project which aims to connect the central region of the country with the western border of North Macedonia in a much shorter period than the old route[1][2]

Ottoman bridges

Only 72 bridges built during the Ottoman period have survived.

Name Region Built Length Width Height Image Notes
Gorica Bridge Berat 1780, 1927 129.3 m (424 ft) 5.3 m (17 ft) 10 m (33 ft)
Gorica Bridge.JPG
Crosses the Osum river
Velabisht Bridge Berat 1760 70 m (230 ft) 7 m (23 ft) 7 m (23 ft) Crosses the Osum river
Kasabashi Bridge Çorovodë 1640 26 m (85 ft) 3 m (9.8 ft)
Urë Kasabashi Çorovodë.jpg
Crosses the Osum river
Kordhocë Bridge Gjirokastër 1820 20 m (66 ft) 3.7 m (12 ft) 7 m (23 ft)
Nekolik set let stary turecky most pres Drinos, v pozadi.jpg
Spans the Drino river
Mesi Bridge Shkodër 1768 108 m (354 ft) 3.4 m (11 ft) 12.5 m (41 ft)
Ura e Mesit Mbi Perroin e Kirit 05.jpg
Spans the Kir river
Kamara Bridge Librazhd 1715 40 m (130 ft) 3.5 m (11 ft)
Ura e Kamares (3).jpg
Crosses the Shkumbin river near the village of Mirakë
Kadiu Bridge Përmet 1760 37 m (121 ft) 7 m (23 ft)
Ura e Katiut.jpg
Spans the Lengaricë river stream
Brataj Bridge Vlorë 16th century 50 m (160 ft) 4 m (13 ft) 12 m (39 ft) Crosses the Shushicë river
Goliku Bridge Pogradec 17th century 17 m (56 ft) 3 m (9.8 ft) 10 m (33 ft) Crosses the Shkumbin river near the village of Mokër
Vasha Bridge Mat 18th century 11 m (36 ft) 2.8 m (9 ft 2 in) 7 m (23 ft) Crosses the Mat river
Beçisht Bridge Tepelenë 1819 200 m (660 ft) 6 m (20 ft) Connects 7 villages along the Vjosë river
Vokopolë Bridge Berat 1750s 43 m (141 ft) Hovers over the Çorofgjat stream by connecting the villages of Vokopolë and Tërpan
Kaçarello Bridge Dropull 1780s Hovers over the Kaçarello stream in the village of Hllomo
Prokop Bridge Himarë 1878 7 m (23 ft) 3.8 m (12 ft) 4 m (13 ft) Located east of the historic center of Himarë
Tatzat Bridge Delvinë 1537-1570 12 m (39 ft) 2 m (6 ft 7 in) 5 m (16 ft) Located in the village of Vergo
Orgockë Bridge Kolonjë 17th century 63 m (207 ft) 3.4 m (11 ft) This bridge has been badly damaged in recent years by heavy rainfall
Zoto Bridge Vithkuq 19th century 30 m (98 ft) 3 m (9.8 ft) 3.8 m (12 ft) Located at the entrance of the historic village of Vithkuq
Shën Prodhomi Bridge Voskopojë 1771 51.7 m (170 ft) 4.6 m (15 ft) 8 m (26 ft)
Ura e Voskopojes.JPG
Connects the village with the Monastery of Shën Prodhomi.
Tanners' Bridge Tirana 18th century 8 m (26 ft) 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) 3.5 m (11 ft)
Ura e Tabakeve Tirane.jpg
Crosses the Lanë river stream

Road bridges

Name Region Built Length Width Height Image Notes
New Drini Bridge[3] Kukës 2021 270 m (890 ft) 23.213 m (76.16 ft) 10 m (33 ft) Currently under construction
Gomsiqe Bridge Pukë
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Kukës Bridge Kukës
Kukes Bridge 01.jpg
Crosses Drini i Zi River
Old Buna Bridge Shkodër 1889 166 m (545 ft)
Buna, Shkoder.jpg
Crosses the Buna river
New Buna Bridge Shkodër 2011 275.5 m (904 ft) 13.5 m (44 ft) 6 m (20 ft)
Ura e Bunës.jpg
Swingbridge across the Buna river
Mat Bridge Kurbin 1927
Zogu Mat Bridge.jpg
Crosses the River Mat. Named after King Zogu.
Shkalla Bridge Klos 2021 250 m (820 ft) 158 m (518 ft) Part of Arbër Highway[4]
Shtrezë Bridge Kukës
Ura e Shtrezes.JPG
Segment of the Kukës-Shishtavec road.
Zëmblak Bridge Maliq 54 m (177 ft) Crosses the Devoll River near the village of Zëmblak.

Rail bridges

Name Region Built Length Width Height Image Notes
Bushtrica Bridge Librazhd 1973 50 m (160 ft)
Railway Bridge Albania.jpg
Tallest railway bridge in Albania
Tarazhi Bridge Rrëshen 1989 800 m (2,600 ft) 38 m (125 ft)
Tarazhi Bridge, Albania 2017-04.jpg
Erzen Bridge Shijak 1949 91 m (299 ft)
Pishkash Bridge Librazhd 1973 32 m (105 ft)
Sofra e Skënderbeut.jpg
Part of the mountainous railway segment Elbasan-Prrenjas
Qukës Bridge 1, 2 Librazhd 1973 30 m (98 ft), 25 m (82 ft) Part of the mountainous railway segment Elbasan-Prrenjas

Bailey bridges

Name Region Built Length Width Height Image Notes
Skavica Bridge Kukës
Ura e Skavicës.JPG
Crosses the Black Drin tributary
Dragoti Bridge Tepelenë 1935 108 m (354 ft) 5 m (16 ft)
Uradragotit.jpg
Crosses Vjosë river

Water bridges

Name Region Built Length Width Height Image Notes
Zvërnec Bridge Vlorë 2018 280 m (920 ft) 3 m (9.8 ft) Connects visitors to the Zvërnec Monastery

Pedestrian bridges

Name Region Built Length Width Height Image Notes
Bridges over Gjanica Fier 1777, 1935, etc The 7 pedestrian bridges that span the Gjanica river are located within the Fier city limits

See also

References

  1. ^ Qytetërimi i Urave
  2. ^ Lista e Monumenteve të Kulturës
  3. ^ "Maeg - Building ideas".
  4. ^ "Hapet Rruga e Arbrit, Rama pritet me tupana! Balluku: Përfundon krejtësisht në prill të 2022! Banorët në festë me muzikë e valle: Ëndërr e realizuar". Shqiptarja.com (in Albanian). 2021-11-29. Retrieved 2021-12-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)