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Silvia S.

Bridge “Kadin” (Mirror world)

In the center of Nevestino on the road Kyustendil – Dupnitsa and Kyustendil – Boboshevo, is situated an impressive architectural monument known as Kadin Bridge (Bride's Bridge).
This is a medieval 100 m long bridge built over the river Struma and has five circle vaults, the highest of which is in the middle. It is covered with granite slabs some of which have inscriptions taken from ancient ruins. The lower parts of the columns are wedge – shaped and stick out to cleave the waters. Every column has an overarched window functioning as drainage for the water at high tides. It is decorated with stalactite ornaments and rosettes. The architecture of the bridge is a mixture of ancient, medieval and Renaissance elements. There is a granite plate with an inscription in Turkish built in the southern part of the eastern parapet. This inscription says that the bridge was built on the orders of Vizier Isaac Pasha in 874 from Egira (1470).
The name of the bridge “Kadin” or “of a bride” is connected to the legends concerning its building. One of the legends tells that the bride called Struma was built in the bridge and the other says that the bridge was a wedding gift to a brave Bulgarian bride by Sultan Murad. The name of Murad is indentified with the name of Mohamed II whose great vizier Isaac indeed passed through these lands in 1463 on his way to Bosnia. The bridge was called Kadun kyuprisi in Turkish (which means A Bride's Bridge), and the village is still called Nevestino (Bride's village).
The other legend tells about the building of the bridge. Three brothers from the nearby village were building a bridge over the river Struma, but during the night the waters of the river destroyed and swept away what had already been built during the day. The brothers did not want to be mocked and made a very difficult decision to sacrifice the wife who first brought breakfast to her husband. This was for the sake of making the bridge solid. The first wife to come was Manol's wife. The young woman carried with one hand her first baby and with the other the breakfast and had hardly managed to say “God help” when the brothers caught her and walled her in the middle vault. While they were walling her up, she asked them to leave out her breast and make a vent for her eyes so that he could breastfeed and watch her child. The local people say that even today when the river rises, the misfortuned mother can be heard crying.

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