The historical Long Bridge, which is the longest stone bridge in the world on the Ergene River in Edirne's Uzunköprü district, will be restored. Uzunköprü Mayor Enis İşbilen stated in a written statement that a delegation from the General Directorate of Highways visited him.
Stating that the Directorate General of Highways has prepared a project for the restoration of the bridge, İşbilen said, “The prepared project will be presented to the Board of Monuments by the Highways. The tender process will start after its acceptance. The restoration process is expected to take 3 years. We, as the municipality, will provide all kinds of support. We always value historical artifacts. ”
The Long Bridge is the only stone bridge in Edirne on the Ergene River that connects Anatolia and the Balkans and is the longest stone bridge in the world.
The bridge, which gave its name to the district and was formerly known as the Ergene Bridge, was built by the Ottoman Sultan Murat II in 1426-1443, by the chief architect of the period, Müslihiddin. The bridge, which has 2 arches, is 174 meters long and 1392 meters wide. The bridge, which was built to cross the Ergene River, which was a natural obstacle to the Ottoman conquests in the Balkans, enabled the Turkish army to continue its raids in winter. It is aimed to extend the life of the bridge, which is stated to have been repaired last in 6,80.