Dutch bridge parts the waters

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Walking across water without getting your feet wet. It sounds impossible, but it can be done in the small village of Halsteren in the southern Dutch province of Brabant. A bridge was recently unveiled there which links an isolated sand fort with the outside world. It's called the Moses Bridge.Fort Roovere is part of the West Brabant Water Line, which was built in 1622 to protect the provinces of Zeeland and South Holland from attacks by French and Spanish troops. In the 19th century, the fort fell into decay. It was re-discovered 15 years ago, and the local authorities decided to restore it.According to Ad Kil, one of the architects who designed the Moses Bridge, "it had to link the fort with the enemy side. We thought a bridge would be incongruous in this place. That's why we made one that is virtually invisible." Kil is proud of the final result: "The bridge is a very simple design, but it has an inspiring, almost poetic quality".
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