Dandalo Bridge

Dandalo Bridge

Sixty kilometres from Batumi, on the old highway leading to Akhaltsikhe, stands Dandalo Bridge, a unique example of Georgian construction traditions and an Immovable Cultural Monument of National Significance.

The History and Structure of Dandalo Bridge

This 9th-10th-century arch bridge over the Acharistskali River is made from local limestone and mortar, and measures almost 36 metres in length. Its right abutment stands on the cliff, while the left abutment is underwater. The bridge is 2.7 metres wide in the middle, and widens towards the banks.

Dandalo Bridge is an extremely complex structure of keda. It is in the shape of the Latin letter “S”, and the distribution of weight on it is its own work of engineering art. The thickness of the arch is almost a full metre. If you look down at the river from the middle of the bridge, you will see it from a height of 8.5 meters, and from the surface of the water to the arch of the bridge it is 7.6 meters.

Both sides of the arch have two rows of holes cut into them that are 38 centimeters apart from each other, which tells us that the scaffolding used during the bridge’s construction was arranged in two rows.

Dandalo Arch Bridge was granted the status of an Immovable Cultural Monument of National Significance in 2006.


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