Found Norway’s Longest Medieval Bridge

Marine archaeologists in Trondheim have found Norway’s longest medieval bridge. It was crossing the Nidelven river into to the city of Nidaros, the medieval name of Trondheim, and was first mentioned in written sources from 1170.

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Medieval Bridge Norway

These logs date back to year 1263 and document Norway’s longest and probably most important medieval bridge. (Photo: Øyvind Ødegård)

Marine archaeologists in Trondheim have found Norway’s longest medieval bridge. It was crossing the Nidelven river into to the city of Nidaros, the medieval name of Trondheim, and was first mentioned in written sources from 1170.

Some old logs in the shallow water, easily visible from the present Elgeseter bridge and the river banks nearby, have now been dated by marine archaeologists at the NTNU University Museum and turns out to be from the 1260s, research site Gemini.no reports.

Everything indicates that the logs originate from a wooden bridge that once was the only crossing point into the strategically important city.

It was close to 492 feet (150 meters long) making it Norway’s longest at the time.

Elgeseter Bridge Trondheim Norway

It is easy to see why the old bridge crossing the Nidelven river…

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