The 1,000-year-old wooden bridges that keep modern China moving: Stunning timber structures have withstood test of time

The 1,000-year-old wooden bridges that keep modern China moving: Stunning timber structures have withstood test of timeRemarkable images of bridges built nearly 1,000 years ago and still in useThe wooden bridges in south east China have been listed as cultural relicsKnowledge and skills been passed on down the years to maintain them | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 27 December 2012 Still standing and still in every-day use – the arched wooden bridges built in China nearly 1,000 years ago demonstrate the true skill of the master craftsmen who first constructed them. These stunning structures show how not every part of China has been altered by its remarkable rate of development.

Les bells! Les bells! Notre Dame set to chime out a fresh sound for its 850th birthday

The bells! The bells! How expert craftsmen are ensuring Notre Dame Cathedral's 850th birthday celebrations go with a BONG Many of the original bells were looted during the French RevolutionIt is thought the looted bells were melted down to make cannon ballsMedieval foundry in Normandy tasked with making new bells | UPDATED: 11:12 GMT, 15 December 2012 A French bell foundry in Normandy has cast the final bronze bell of eight huge replacements bound for the north tower of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The bell, called Anne-Genevieve, was cast using medieval methods at Cornille Havard in Villedieu-les-Poeles on Friday. The 12th-century Gothic cathedral will inaugurate its set of nine new bells in February, one of the highlights in a series of events marking the beginning of the cathedral's 850th anniversary.