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Today I would like to present you the most famous bridge in Wroclaw. It linked the new academic and residential district springing up on the right bank of the river Odra with the city centre. Its name changed from ‘Imperial Bridge’ to ‘Freedom Bridge’ and then back to ‘Imperial Bridge’. 2300 tonnes of steel and Silesian granite were used in its construction. The cables of this suspension bridge are 216 metres long, while the suspended deck itself is 112.5 metres long. Weyrauch, Mayer, Dender, and Scholtz were the engineers responsible for its construction. Repairs of the substantial wartime damage began in 1945. During the reconstruction several architectural changes were made to the towers, based on D. Czajka’s design. The engineer in charge of the work was W. Siwiński. The bridge was reopened on 6 September 1947. It was renovated again at the end of the 20th century.

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