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Mesi Bridge

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Mesi Bridge: Northeast of Shkodra, where the river Drin divides the fields from the hillside of Drishti and the Cukali’s highland, there is a stone bridge with many arches that is named after the village near it. The monument is one of the biggest of its kind in Albania, constructed around the 18th century CE by Mehmet Pasha Bushatlliu, who governed his province wisely by ensuring that this important port region was able to develop extensive trade with the West. The bridge made it possible to transport carriages and agricultural products from the farmers living in the highland areas to the Adriatic coast. The form and the direction of the route was defined from the cliff’s massif and the water flow variations. The bridge was made with a causeway and reaches a length of about 120 meters. Thirteen cantilevers sustain it, and it makes a turn 5 m away from the central cantilever at a 15 degree angle. The arch is combined with two discharger windows, which differently from the arch does not have a circle form. The replacement of the old bridge, which was often submerged from the river’s high waters, added other cantilevers at both sides. The bridge’s width is 3.4 meters and the track has the form of a staircase.
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