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A train crosses the Nine Arch Bridge, Sri Lanka 15 Mar 2019

Posted on 15 Mar 2019
Train on the Nine Arch Bridge in Sri Lanka
Train on the Nine Arch Bridge in Sri Lanka
Train on the Nine Arch Bridge in Sri Lanka

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The Nine Arch Bridge spans a forest valley between Ella and Demodara in southern Sri Lanka. It was built during the British Colonial period as a railway bridge for the train line that connects the two destinations.

Allegedly, all the steel allocated for the bridge was intercepted for manufacturing in World War I so locals built the bridge out of rocks, brick and cement. The red brick bridge is 99.6 metres tall affording it the name, Bridge in the Sky. It is also known as Ahasnamaye Palama by locals, meaning 'Bridge of Nine Skies’. When you stand at the base and look up, nine skies can be seen, one through each arch.


Updated 15 March, 2019

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