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Sign: Gesher - the old Gesher - the three bridges

Gesher, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל
סמל קרן קיימת לישראל
סמל נהריים בגשר

שלושת הגשרים
זמן בנייתו של הגשר הקדום, הקרוי "הרומאי", אינו ידוע. אבניו בזלת שחורה, חלקן בשימוש משני. נזכר בתקופת מסעי הצלב בשם PONT-DE-JUDEIRE. הגשר שופץ מספר פעמים ולאחרונה בתקופה התורכית. שמו "ג’יסר-אל-מג’מע" (גשר הפגישה) כוון, כנראה, למפגש הסמוך של הירדן והירמוך.
הגשר ניתב אליו כמה עורקים של דרך הים והיה גם העילה לבניית החאן המבוצר לידו. הגשר היה בשימוש עד 1946. לאחר "ליל הגשרים" חסם אותו הלגיון הערבי והקים עליו עמדה, כדי לשמור על גשר הבטון שבצדו. גשר הבטון, הוא גשר הכביש המנדטורי, נבנה בשנות ה-30. שימש את כביש בית שאן-טבריה ואת ההסתעפות לצפון הגלעד. גשר הרכבת, הבנוי אבני בזלת שחורות, נבנה בשנת 1905 עם הנחת מסילת הברזל חיפה-צמח, כשלוחה של המסילה החיג’אזית, תחנת הרכבת ג’יסר-אל-מג’מע היתה האחרונה בצד זה של הירדן וגם התחנה הנמוכה בעולם (247-). שלושת הגשרים חובלו על - ידי כוחות "ההגנה" בליל 14 במאי 1948, לאחר נפילת נהריים, כדי לעכב את פלישת צבא עיראק.
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The sign shape is rectangular but its head is designed according to the silhouette of the old building of the Gymnasia Herzliya, which serves as a logo of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel

The area where the sign is located was photographed on the same day by the same photographer Click for a larger image

Translation of the text on the sign:
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
Symbol of the National Fund for Israel
The symbol of Naharim at Gesher

The three bridges
The time of construction of the ancient bridge, called the "Roman", is unknown. Its stones are black basalt, some in secondary use. Remembered during the Crusades as PONT-DE-JUDEIRE. The bridge was renovated several times and most recently during the Turkish period. Its name "Jisr-al-Majma" (the bridge of the meeting) probably referred to the nearby confluence of the Jordan and the Yarmouch.
The bridge routed several arteries of the sea route to it and was also the reason for the construction of the fortified khan next to it. The bridge was in use until 1946. After the "Night of the Bridges" the Arab Legion blocked it and set up a position on it, to guard the concrete bridge on its side. The concrete bridge, is the mandatory road bridge, built in the 1930s. It served the Beit Shan-Tiberias road and the branching to the north of Gilead. The railway bridge, built of black basalt stones, was built in 1905 with the laying of the Haifa-Tzemach railway, as an extension of the Hijaz railway, the Jisr-el-Majma railway station was the last on this side of the Jordan and also the lowest station in the world (-247). The three bridges were sabotaged by the "Haganah" forces on the night of May 14, 1948, after the fall of Naharim, in order to delay the invasion of the Iraqi army.

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