Thursday, June 16, 2011

Nagasaki Spectacles Bridge: Nagasaki City

The Nagasaki Spectacles Bridge is one of the main attractions in the center of the city.  Located just a stones throw away from Chinatown it isn't unreasonable to visit both locations within a short period of time especially for those visitors that don't have a extended period of time in the city.

The bridge was built in 1634 during the period of National isolation and was constructed by a 2nd generation Chinese Monk from the Kofukuji Temple in Nagasaki which is the oldest Chinese Temple in all of Japan.

The Spectacle Bridge is so aptly named because it resembles a pair of glasses when the evening shadows are reflected on the surface of the river below.  The Bridge is regarded as one of the three most important bridges and construction engineering feats of its time.

The area now is a major attraction in Nagasaki City.  Retains a lot of its history and has many cafes and restaurants nearby.  Well worth a stroll and also a photo or 2 along the way.

Please check out Nagasaki Spectacle Bridge here on a map:

Click to enlarge the photos below:

One of the minor bridges

The shadows

Multiple Bridges in the Area

One of the main bridges

Check out the video below of the Nagasaki Spectacle Bridge:

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