Leonardo da Vinci’s Bridge – Proof of Concept

A team at M.I.T. recently built Leonardo’s bridge to see if it was feasible. It was! Originally designed for a Turkish sultan, the bridge was never built. If it had been, it would have been the longest bridge of its day as well as a revolution in design. He used a flat arch, instead of a semi-circle, which would have allowed sailing ships to pass underneath and a span across the water without any piers.

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