The Bridge Carol I
National Museum of Romanian History
Beginning of the 20th century
The railroad bridge over the Danube that was built between 1890–1895 in South-Eastern Romania shortened the route of the Orient Express, a passenger train meant to connect Paris to Istanbul. The bridge made it possible for the Orient Express to reach Constanţa, a Black Sea port, from where ships went to Istanbul, whereas in the past the journey implied people being ferried on the Danube from Romania to Bulgaria, travelling by train to Varna (a Bulgarian Black Sea port) and then taking a ship to Istanbul. The “Carol I” bridge, which was designed by engineer Anghel Saligny and was at that time the longest in Europe, was inaugurated on 29 September 1895. In his inaugural speech, the king declared that “Romania is now owner of the shortest route between the northern seas and the countries of the Orient”.
"The Bridge Carol I" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;rm;2;en
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