"Uzunkopru - Long Bridge"
"Amazingly the 1392m-long Ottoman bridge
after which the town is named is still standing
with all of its 174 arches intact. ... after
nearly six centuries of continuous use." p 126
We took the long way home from Greece travelling north to the border crossing at Karaagac/Eirne on October 8th. By the time we made Uzunkopru, the light was beginning to fade. We crossed the river from the north driving across a long modern bridge and my heart sank. It seemed that the bridge I'd longed to see no longer existed. We turned off the highway and Cam drove us through the unfamiliar town's narrow streets. Drizzle, darkness and construction hindered our progress so we went round and round never seeing a sign or any indication that the bridge still existed. We were on the point of giving up when we found it. Driving across, it's low and flat; quite unremarkable as bridges go. There is just space for two vehicles to meet. However, considering its age, it's an amazing piece of ancient engineering.