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View of Sofia and the Lions' Bridge

View of Sofia and the Lions' Bridge, © Publishing house "Minalo"enlarge


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Object:View of Sofia and the Lions' Bridge
Description:Panorama photograph of a street with two- and three-storey buildings. At the centre of the photograph there is a bridge with a parapet and large bronze sculptures of lions at the four corner points of the bridge. In the background, at the far end of the street, one can see a minaret as well as the cupolas of an Orthodox church and of a Synagogue. There are people in rural and urban clothes in the street as well as several vehicles: a tramway, a number of horse- and ox-drawn carts, and a few carriages. Title in Cyrillic and Latin. Recto: name of the photographer and "Neubert" - probably the publisher.
Comment:Lions' Bridge (Lavov most), a stone bridge, was built between 1889 and 1891 in the place of an older bridge called Sharen Most ("Motley Bridge"). It was planned by Czech architect Václav Prošek, his brother Jozef and his cousins Bohdan and Jiří, who also designed and built the similar, eagle-themed "Eagles' Bridge" in 1891. All metal elements of the bridge were produced by the Austrian company of Rudolph Philipp Waagner. Electric lights were installed in the early 1900s.
Date:Not before 1911
Creator:Karastoyanov, Dimitar Anastasov, (Photographer)
Dimensions:Artefact: 165mm x 215mm
Image: 151mm x 203mm
Format:Not specified
Technique:Not specified
Keywords:290 Clothing
330 Building and Construction
340 Structures
360 Settelments
370 Energy and Power
430 Exchange > 438 Domestic Trade
490 Land Transport
640 State > 648 International Relations
770 Religious Beliefs
780 Religious Practices
Bibliography:"Sofia v nashite spomeni" (1978). In: Balgarsko Foto, Vol. 4: 28.
Copyright:Издателска къща "Минало"
Archive:Publishing house "Minalo", Inv. No.: K-16
License:This picture is licensed under Creative Commons [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0]
Editor:Anelia Kassabova