Monday, September 29, 2008

The Before and After of Branko's Bridge


This is a case of where the "before" definitely looks better than the "after."
Branko's Bridge is the second-largest bridge in Belgrade across the Sava River, connecting the city center with New Belgrade, visible in the background of the second photo. (New Belgrade did not exist until around 1965.) The bridge was built in 1957 to replace the former King Alexander I bridge that was opened on December 16th, 1934, and blown up in 1941. The bridge actually uses lower parts of the former bridge's pylons for its two secondary spans. It is crossed by nearly 90,000 vehicles daily, and traffic jams are frequent. Its official name during communist rule was " Brotherhood and Unity Bridge," but that name never caught on. It isn't certain whether the bridge was named afterBranko Radičević, a Serbian Romantic poet, or after another writer, Branko Ćopić, who committed a suicide by jumping from the bridge in 1984. (Such occurrences or attempts are quite frequent, actually.)
This post is dedicated to Marie at Vintage Postcards! Check out her blog at: http://www.cpaphilblog.com/

9 comments:

Webradio said...

Hello Bibi !
Thank You for the explain...
The firste photo is very beautiful in sepia...
See You later.

Riccardo said...

yes... previous bridge was really better!!! It reminds something of Brooklyn bridge's shape..isn't it?
Was it destroyed by nazis?

Virginia said...

The first one made me sing" I Left My Heart in San Francisco". Much better.
Hugs,
V

Rose said...

Goodness me!
What a crime! How can someone think that replacing such a beautiful with that monstruosity is progress?

Therese said...

We certainly paid more attention to the previous bridge...

Marie Reed said...

Hi Bibi! You are such a sweetie pie! Thanks fot that wonderful dedication! You just made my day:)

babooshka said...

Oh how I do Like a bridge shot! Definitely the before. No comparision is there really. Progress is often a backwards step I find.

marley said...

The before is definitely better than the present version. Some times improvements are not all they are cracked up to be!

Louis la Vache said...

Ah! So the Golden Gate isn't the only bridge people jump from... The way the news media around here plays up that sad event when someone jumps from it, you'd think it was the only bridge that ever happened on....