Bridges all across the world have the meaning to connect any two dots having a certain distance between them. It’s only creative and innovative minds who come together and build something which is not only useful but also aesthetically appealing. Today you’ll run through a list of bridges which are considered to be among the most famous bridges across the globe. We’ll explore them and see what are the special features which make them unique? Let’s follow the numbers then!
12. Chapel Bridge, Lucrene(Switzerland)
The Chapel bridge is a covered wooden bridge which is named after the famous St. Peter’s Chapel situated in the proximity.The construction of this bridge started by the mid of 14th century. The bridge lay diagonally across the Reuss river in the city of Lucrene. This bridge is taken to be unique for the adornments it has inside of it. It contains some beautiful interior paintings which are dated back to the 17th century. Though time has played a cruel trick on most of them and many of them were burnt and demolished during the fire of 1993. It is still the oldest wooden covered and surviving truss bridge in Europe. Chapel Bridge is one of the central tourist attractions of Lucrene, Switzerland.
11. Chengyang Bridge,Guangxi,China
The Chengyang bridge is situated in Sanjiang Dong, an autonomous country of Guangxi, China. The Dong people(one of the minority groups) are responsible for this breathtaking structure for its existence. This bridge stands on the Linxi river of the Sanjiang county. This bridge was manufactured in 1916 and is included among the series of the popular ‘wind and rain’ bridges. The bridge has a well build roof over its head which shelters the people from both rain and sunlight. You can also sit on the benches and enjoy the pastoral beauty of the area. The astounding feature of this bridge is, it is constructed without any nails or rivets.
10. Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney(Australia)
Sydney Harbor Bridge is the world’s largest steel arch bridge. The Sydney Harbor Bridge is also famously known as the ‘Coathanger’. It provides the commute between the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) and the Northern shore. Due to its mesmerizing harbor location, it has become a well known international symbol of Sydney, Australia. Many factors combine together to make this bridge fantastic. This bridge took six years of hard labor to be built and was inaugurated on March 19th 1932 by Premier Jack Lang. The surface area it covers is equivalent to sixty sports fields. Not only you should be fit to walk on the bridge, you should also keep in mind the two hundred flight of stairs you would have to climb to reach the top. You should definitely add this splendid man made structure to your to-go-to list. The Bridge has huge hinges to absorb the expansion caused by the hot Sydney sun which is an architectural wonder in itself.
9. Stari most,Mostor,Bosnia and Herzegovina
The bridge is situated in the city of Mostor, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It spans across the river Neretva and connects the two cities together. The city has a beautiful old Turkish bridge, Stari most. Most of the artifacts including this bridge were designed by a well known architect Sinan, which was majorly destroyed during the conflicts of 1990’s. Though many of these were restored by UNESCO. The Old Bridge area has a multicultural settlement. It also stands for international co-operation and peace as a diversity of various cultural, ethical and religious group of people dwell in the proximity of the bridge. The Stari most consists of pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European architectural techniques.
8. Great Belt Bridge, The Danish Islands
The Great Belt Bridge is actually two bridges divided into the eastern and the western belt. It runs between the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen. It consists of three structures: a road suspension bridge, a railway tunnel between Zealand and the small island Sporgo located in the middle of the Great Belt and a box grinder bridge for both road and rail traffic between Sprogø and Funen. The suspension bridge, also known as the East Bridge, has the world’s third longest main span. Designed by the Danish engineering firms COWI and Ramboll, this link was brought to work after five decades of argument, the construction started in 1986 but bicycles were still not allowed. This link is the largest construction project in Danish history.
7. Brooklyn Bridge, New York
The Brooklyn Bridge of New York is one of the oldest bridges of hybrid-cable stayed/suspension type. The construction was completed in 1883 and it became the linkage between Manhattan and Brooklyn. This was the first steel-wire bridge which suspended over the eastern side of the river. At first, it was known by the name of The New York and Brooklyn Bridge and later on was renamed as Brooklyn Bridge on January 25, 1867 and was officially formulated by the city government in 1915. It has been the National historic landmark since 1964 and a National historical civil engineering landmark from 1972.
5. Si-o-Seh Pol,Isfahan(Iran)
The Si-o-Seh pol is the longest bridge on Zayandeh river with the total length of 297.76 metres (976.9 ft). It is one out of the eleven marvelous bridges of Isfahan and Iran. The bridge was made under the orders of Shah Abbas I who further gave the supervision to one of his brilliant general, Allahverdi Khan. The name Si-o-Seh Pol in Farsi stands for thirty three. The bridge also has a tea-house which is approached from the southern bank. The road is shielded by the high walls which protect the visitors from the wind. They can always walk along the footpath without getting troubled by the traffic. Sir William Ousely recorded some beautiful frescoes on the bridge walls in 1823. It is constructed on thirty four piers which are 3.49m thick and the arches are 5.57 wide.
4. Akashi-Kaikyo bridge, Japan
The Akashi-Kaikyo bridge connects the city of Kobe on the Japanese mainland of Honshuto Iwaya on Awaji Island. The Akashi Kaikyo Suspension Bridge is not only Japan’s head raiser as an architectural mastery but also is the longest suspension bridge of the world. It took a number of two million workers with ten years of hard work to build this 181,000 tonnes of steel and 1.4 million cubic meters of concrete. The steal cables alone would circle the world around seven times. It connects the island of Awaji with the main city Kobe which is four miles in distance.
3. Tower Bridge, London
As London was getting crowded with traffic in 1876, necessity drove the attention towards the construction of bridge across the Thames river. It wasn’t easy to finalize on one suitable plan for the bridge. It took around eight years to pick one since the time the idea originated. Horace Jones in collaboration with John Wolfe Barry designed this magnificent bridge and completed its structure by 1894.
There were five contractors, five hundred workers in approximation who worked hand in hand to establish this 265 meter long bridge. The framework only took 11000 tons of steel. The Gothic look was not liked much at first, but eventually, it became one of London’s famous symbols.
2. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California and United states of America
This bridge spans over the Golden Gate and is one-mile-wide (1.6 km), three-mile-long (4.8 km) channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific ocean. This is among the internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California and United States. The American society’s Civil Engineers has declared it as one of the wonders of the modern world. This bridge is most photographed and was the longest suspension bridge main span in the world till 1964, ever since 1934.
1. Millau Bridge, Millau(France)
It won’t be wrong to acknowledge the Millau Bridge which spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in south of France as a fine example of architecture. France has once again proved its flamboyance in art. Lord Foster dreamt of designing a bridge with ‘a delicacy of a butter fly’. The Millau Bridge is in southern France and sways over the River Tarn in the Massif Central mountains. This is 300m (984 feet) in height and is the highest road bridge in the world. In addition to this, the central post of this bridge is even higher than the famous French symbol, the Eiffel Tower. The Bridge was opened in December 2004 by President Jacques Chirac. The interesting fact attached with it is that the one and a half mile of roadway was built on either side of the valley and were rolled into position, until it met with precision in the center. This technique was of great engineering risk as it was never tried before, but still, it succeeded as a right way of deploying the roadway.
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