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(September, 2004)

Charles Carstensen

Cimarron Canyon D & RG Engine 278 Trestle Exhibit

Fiore Cappone

Hannibal's Bridge

Scigliano, Calabria, Italy

4:11pm Local Time, 21 September 2004

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"Annibale's Bridge" is also known as "The Bridge of Saint Angelo"
and is regarded as a national monument. It's located in Scigliano in Calabria (South of Italy)
The first name of the bridge comes from a Cartaginese, an ancient condottiere
(mercenary soldier) of the Roman Age who, according to the legend, crossed the bridge itself.
This episode, however, has never been proven.
The second name derives from the nearby Church of Saint Angelo, on the right of the bridge. 
The legend says that Saint Angelo and the devil were fighting, when the latter, bitterly
defeated, kicked the bridge on its right hand side. 
The damage has only recently been repaired and the bridge made sturdy once again. 
For certain, we can trace the bridge's fabrication as far back as 131-121 B.C. It used to
be part of the ancient Via Popilia, joining Reggio di Calabria to Capua, road whose construction
took place under the reign of Emperor Tiberius Gracco.
In 1961, the bridge's age was evaluated by analyzing the limestone rock of which it is made.
Tests proved that it is more than 2,000 years old. 
Here is some further information on Annibale's Bridge: it is 3,45 m. wide, 11 m. high and
about 25 m. long. 
It has a double-arch span and its red limestone tuff was probably extracted from a quarry not too far away. 
Annibale's Bridge has been withstanding bad weather and the overflow of the Savuto River for the past 2,000 years and can still be safely crossed. 
Along with Fabricio's Bridge on the Tiberinia Island (69 B.C.) and the Emilio Bridge (179 B.C.), both in Rome,
the Bridge of Saint Angelo (to use the other name) has been documented as one of the oldest and most important Italian bridges.

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