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Mesi Bridge, Shkoder

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Mesi Bridge (Albanian: Ura e Mesit "The bridge in the middle") is a bridge in the village of Mes, about 5 km (3.1 mi) (as the crow flies) northeast of Shkodër, in northwestern Albania. It is a monument of Postribë culture, turning the site into a tourist attraction with a lot of visitors from all around the world. For foreigners the architecture of the bridge is intriguing with round slick stones and stone plates. The surrounding panorama gives the bridge an even more picturesque view. The Albanian Development Fund invested 13 million lekë so the tourists could step on the bridge and watch it closely because there was no entry way to the bridge.

It was built in the 18th century, around 1770, by Kara Mahmud Bushati, the local Ottoman pasha, and spans the Kir River. The building was divided in 2 phases where the first phase was only the middle arc and the arc near it and the second phase included the other 11 arches. The purpose was to connect the city of Shkodër with the city of Drisht and other cities of the northern side. It is 108m long, 3.4 meters wide, 12.5 meters high with 13 arches, and is one of the longest examples of an Ottoman bridge in the region. It was built as part of the road that goes up the Kir Valley, eventually to Pristina.
Today the bridge is at risk, having been damaged over time by devastating floods, which have resulted in floodwaters cutting away at the arches on the right side, causing cracking.
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  • Interesting ottoman era bridge. It is a short drive from Shkodra (do not trust google maps directions, as you approach the bridge, drive on a straight line). The is free parking right next to the... 
    Interesting ottoman era bridge. It is a short drive from Shkodra (do not trust google maps directions, as you approach the bridge, drive on a straight line). The is free parking right next to the...  more »
  • Really unique bridge! I have seen some in Albania but this must be the oldest and the biggest. I wish we went in Autumn or Spring when there is more river under as in summer months its mostly dry... 
    Really unique bridge! I have seen some in Albania but this must be the oldest and the biggest. I wish we went in Autumn or Spring when there is more river under as in summer months its mostly dry...  more »
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  • Stunning. A good walk out of town or I was told there is a van that goes out to Mes. Plenty of shops and bars along the route to keep your fuel levels up. The bridge is beautiful and you can walk across it or the new bridge that runs alongside it for lots of super photo opportunities. Benches are situated right by the bridge so sit down, enjoy the views and have a picnic.
  • One of must places to visit while in Shkodër. River has really beautiful and clean water. Sometimes the water gets dried completely, seen in one of the taken pictures 2 years ago. Builded in 18th century during Ottoman period.

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