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Giebichensteinbrücke, in the backround Burg Giebichenstein, approx. 1930
Giebichenstein Bridge is a remarkable example of bridge construction; both technically and aesthetically outstanding, it retains an important place in Halle’s infrastructure.
Built in 1926, the 261-metre-long solid reinforced concrete bridge comprises four arches of varying widths. The main arch measures 60 metres across. On the south side are two large sculptures based on designs by sculptor Gerhard Marcks. The two animals, cow and horse, represent the dichotomy between city and country. The undulating water at their base allows for a smooth transition between sculptures and plinths.
Despite the weight of the concrete, the modern, classically inspired form of Giebichenstein Bridge permits it to blend harmoniously into the Saale Valley, while at the same time contrasting with the historical castle buildings up on Giebichenstein.