Now, if this isn't the coolest thing you've seen today then you need to close the refrigerator. It's an animation of how bridges were built in Central Europe in the middle-ages.



@publicvoit Finally, proof that aliens built the ancient European mega structures by dropping parts and equipment from their space ships! It all makes sense! There's no way primitive Europeans would have had the technology to build these bridges!


@bunny_jane @publicvoit

But you have to build a crane and prove that you THEORETICALLY could do it (in like some years of building time) and then the aliens will do it in two and a half minutes.

@publicvoit These kind of animations are the best. Civ 4 had a simple version of this for the world wonders and I loved it

I misread fridges instead of bridges, and I've been 10 seconds like wtaf 😂

makes you understand why they charged you for every friggin' time you crossed that dang river 😅

@publicvoit It's Charles Bridge, in Pragues
"The bridge replaced the old Judith Bridge built 1158–1172 that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342"

@publicvoit Charles Bridge (Karlův most), across the Vltava (Moldau) river in Prague, Czech Republic, construction animation, showing medieval engineering techniques.

This video is the longer-form (3m), higher-quality version of a gif circulating earlier (see parent).

Background on the bridge:

Article (in Czech);

HN discussion:

#CharlesBridge #KarluvMost #MedievalEngineering

Thanks for this! I was mostly wondering how they drained the part of the river they were building in, but some other parts were also fascinating.

@publicvoit apparently value was created without labour in the middle ages too!

@publicvoit sorry to carp at the nice animation. but sometimes i can't help but notice how keen our culture is to render labour invisible. another exemple i happened on recently: the wikipedia entry for asparagus has sections on various aspects (history, uses, cultivation, etc) but makes no mention of the curious way in which the vegetable is actually harvested. (there is a video that lasts a few seconds, but no text.) a shame, since the harvesting process is not what you might expect.

@publicvoit wow that's impressive! Are those human size hamster wheels powering the crane?

Maybe the coolest thing Ive seen for a long while. Thanks a lot!

@publicvoit Lol, I was thinking the whole time "this looks like this bridge in prague, then I looked at the upper left

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