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

By | August 8, 2019

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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

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To build these bridges, someone had to make a deal with the devil. Source: (

The Devil was a Prolific Bridge Builder

There are so many bridges in Europe with links to the devil that one would think the demon spent the majority of his time building bridges. In reality, the bridges are a testament to the engineering and construction ability of the builders of antiquity. They faced unique challenges that made building conventional bridges impossible, so really, it's kind of a slap in the face that people credit their impressive appearance and design to supernatural assistance.