Devil's Bridges of Medieval Europe: Where Architecture, Civil Engineering, And Satan All Come Together

The bridge Ponte della Maddalena, Bridge of Mary Magdalene, also Ponte del Diavolo or Bridge of the devil, is crossing the river Serchio. Source: (Photo by Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Europe is positively riddled with unique, gravity-defying, old stone bridges. If that weren't interesting enough, many of them have weird, Satan-y legends behind them. In nearly all of these tales, the bridge builder, overcome by the obstacles of constructing a bridge under such challenging conditions, makes a deal with the devil, who apparently has a degree in civil engineering. These bridges have become known as Devil's Bridges