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Iron Bridge over the River Banshtitsa

     The iron bridge, also known as The Bridge of the naked women is a bridge over the River Banshtitsa in Kyustendil.

 

     It was built in 1909 and was designed by the architect Rudolf Fischer and it connects the railway station with the central city square.

 

     In 1969 the bridge was rebuilt and expanded with reinforced concrete construction. At its four ends are placed naked sculptural female figures, symbolizing the generosity of nature in Kyustendil (fertility, hot springs) and the resistance movement. They are made of white stone from Vratsa by the sculptor Luben Dimitrov.



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Do you know that:

  • Kyustendil was the last of the big Bulgarian towns to fall under Ottoman rule.
  • the famous mountaineer Ludmil Yankov lived in Kyustendil.
  • the first Bulgarian school in the town of Kyustendil was established in 1820 in the courtyard of the church “Virgin Mary’s Assumption”.