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Photo: Ponte Del Diavolo Bridge Italy

The Ponte del Diavolo bridge crosses the Serchio river in the province of Lucca, Tuscany in Italy, Europe.

The Ponte del Diavolo (Bridge of the Devil) which crosses the Serchio river in the province of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, is also known as Ponte della Maddalena or Bridge of Mary Magdalene. This contradiction of names began around 1080 to 1100 when the extremely narrow bridge was constructed with fitted stones on the orders of the Countess Matilda of Tuscany.

Legend has it that the Devil would build the bridge for the people of Borgo a Mozzano in Tuscany if he could claim the first soul to cross the bridge. As soon as the Ponte del Diavolo bridge was completed the wily townsfolk sent a dog across, thwarting Satan's plans.

Around 1500 a statue of Mary Magdalene was placed near the east side of the bridge and an oratorio was dedicated to her - so the name of the bridge in Tuscany, Italy became Ponte della Maddalena.

Early in the 20th century an arch was added to the Ponte della Maddalena on the Serchio river, which drastically changed the look of the ancient hump-backed Ponte del Diavolo in the province of Lucca in Italy. ... continue below the picture...


Ponte Del Diavolo Bridge Italy

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Ponte Del Diavolo Bridge Italy
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Ponte della Maddalena on the Serchio River, in Socciglia, Tuscany, Italy, Europe.

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I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/7.1, exposure time of 1/160 sec. on ISO 200, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 16mm.

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Ponte Del Diavolo Bridge Italy
The Ponte del Diavolo bridge crosses the Serchio river in the province of Lucca, Tuscany in Italy, Europe.
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Rolf Hicker
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