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THE DEVIL'S BRIDGE

Nestled among the verdant foliage in Kromlau, Germany’s Kromlauer Park is a delicately arched devil’s bridge known as the Rakotzbrücke, which was specifically built to create a circle when it is reflected in the waters beneath it. Philipp Melanchthon, Commissioned it’s building in 1860 by the so-called knight of the local town. The thin arch stretching over the waters of the Rakotzsee is roughly built out of various local stone types. Like many similarly precarious ancient bridges across Europe, the Rakotzbrücke is known as a “devil’s bridge,” due to the colloquialism that such bridges were so dangerous that they must have been built by Satan. 

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