The An River and Phat Diem tile-roofed bridge are associated with the famous Nguyen Cong Tru in the work of commanding the reclamation and reclamation of the coastal marshy area now known as Kim Son district near Tam Coc Ninh Binh. For hundreds of years, Phat Diem tile bridge still reflects its shadow on the An river, hundreds of years old imprinted with the silhouette of its ancestors… Along with Cau Pagoda in Hoi An (Quang Nam), Thanh Toan tile bridge in Huong Thuy district (Thua Thien Hue province) Thien Hue) … Phat Diem tile bridge in Kim Son district is one of the ancient tile bridges with the most unique architecture in our country.
Phat Diem tile bridge crosses the An River
Phat Diem tile bridge crosses the An River, located in the center of Phat Diem town, Kim Son district near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, 120 km from Hanoi capital along Highway 10 to the southeast. It is one of the ancient bridges with the most unique architecture in our country today. The bridge has a slightly curved shape, roofed with tiles, on both sides are two rows of wooden columns and ironwood railings are very strong. Kim Son district was originally a coastal marshy land, Mr. Nguyen Cong Tru had the greatest merit in reclaiming and expanding this land, registering on the map of Vietnam in 1829.
That land reclamation took place for a long time, along with the encroachment of coastal alluvial land to open a village, Mr. Nguyen Cong Tru built an irrigation system to bring fresh water to the basin for salt washing. In which, the An river flowing through Phat Diem town near Tam Coc Ninh Binh is the largest irrigation project, built for many years. This is the main river that supplies water for daily life, irrigate fields and create favorable conditions for people’s daily life.
To facilitate the daily life of people between the north and south banks, Mr. Nguyen Cong Tru built a bridge connecting the two banks of the An River. Initially, the bridge was built with the trunks of big trees, large wooden panels, and a wide bridge for people to walk comfortably. Due to damage from time to time, in 1902 the bridge was replaced by a tiled bridge like today.
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