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Vintage Postcards - Bybroen - Trondhjem, Norway

Old Town Bridge (Locally referred to as Gamle Bybro or Bybroa) is located in Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag County, Norway. This vintage postcard depects Bybroen as it existed circa 1910.

Gamle Bybro crosses the Nidelva River from the south end of the main street Kjøpmannsgata connecting to the Trondheim neighborhood of Bakklandet. Gamle Bybro was constructed by Johan Caspar von Cicignon in 1681 in conjunction with the reconstruction of Trondheim after the great fire of 1681. Johan Caspar von Cicignon laid out plans for the reconstruction of Trondheim as well as its fortification. Kristiansten Fortress was built at this time after his plans. The bridge location was of military-strategic significance. King Christian V of Denmark assumed the cost of construction. It was completed in 1685. The bridge was built in the vicinity of the original Elgeseter Bridge. When it was opened the older bridge was allowed to decay and collapse. Since then Gamle Bybro has undergone many changes.

Originally Gamle Bybro was constructed of wood, but the wood was supported on three stone piers. In the middle of the bridge, an iron gate was placed. This remained a guarded city gate until 1816. At each end of the bridge there was a toll and guardhouse. The access house on the west end still stands, but that on the east side was taken down in 1824. Gamle Bybro was reconstructed in 1861 by the engineer Carl Adolf Dahl (1828-1907). Today Gamle Bybro is one of Trondheim's characteristic landmarks.

GGA-ATL 160300830

Title: Bybroen, Trondhjem
PC Mfg. Nbr.: 830
Manufacturer: Eneberettiget Mittet & Co.
Date: Undated but circa 1910 (Correspondence dated 1914)
Manufactured: Printed in Germany
Photographer: Unknown
Archives Inventory Number: GGA-ATL 160300830

GGA-ATL 739167865

Portions of information sourced from Wikipedia

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