10 most amazing bridges in the world
Bridges are structures, that are built over rivers, seas, to help people and vehicles cross from one point to another. They connect cities, towns, islands.
In the past, bridges were made from stones and wood, but with the improved technology, modern bridges are now made of concrete and steel. People are becoming more innovative hence building beautiful bridges with incredible designs. Because of their beauty, today bridges are not only used for their practical reasons, but they also act as tourists’ attraction points.
Here is a list of 10 amazing world’s bridges you are going to love.
1. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Golden Gate is one of the most amazing bridges across the globe and the most photographed because of its beauty. The American Society of Civil Engineers named this bridge ‘one of the Wonders of the Modern World”.
With up to 70 years of existence since it was built in 1937, this was the longest suspension bridge spanning up to 4,200 feet until 1964. It connects San Francisco with Marin County, California.
2. Vasco Da Gama Bridge, Portugal
Vasco Da Gama Bridge is still the longest bridge in Europe, measuring up to 17 km. It connects the northern and the southern parts of Portugal. The bridge, which is named after a well-known Portuguese discoverer, Vasco Da Gama, was officially open to public use in 1998.
3. Pont Du Gard Aqueduct, France
This is one of the oldest bridge worldwide, and it is still standing after two thousand years of existence. The bridge was built between the 19 BC and 150 AD by the Roman Empire.
It is the highest bridge in the Roman aqueduct bridges. Due to its historical importance, the bridge was added to the UNESCO’S list of the World Heritage Sites. It is the best-preserved bridge with the aqueduct of Segovia.
4. Golden Bridge, Vietnam
Golden Bridge in Vietnam has attracted many tourists to this country, who travels here to see the novel piece of architecture used to build it.
The bridge, which showcases unusual design, was designed by TA Landscape Architecture offers beautiful pedestrian walkway. It sits 3,280 feet above sea level, with an extension over the treetops from the edge of the leafy cliff face. Furthermore, it gives tourists uninterrupted view of the landscape beneath, with a walkway in the sky.
5. Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States completes in 1883. It was the longest suspension globally until 1903 spanning up to 486.3 m. This bridge is made from the finest steel-wire. Brooklyn Bridge is definitely one of the most amazing bridges in the world.
Six days after the bridge’s opening, a rumor that it was going to collapse caused panic that resulted in the death of at least 12 people. It also killed around thirty people during the construction period which took thirteen years. Despite the tragedies, the bridge still remains New York’s National Landmark. It is one of the most beautiful bridges in the world.
6. Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge, China
Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge is the world’s longest bridge. The bridge, which took four years to build, was officially opened in 2010 and is up to 164.8 kilometers long.
Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge connects Shanghai to Nanjing and was built as part of Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway to ease railway traffic in the region.
7. Ponte Vecchio, Italy
Ponte Vecchio is one of the oldest bridges in Europe its construction dating back to the time of the Romans. It was the only bridge which was not destroyed during World War II by the Nazis.
The bridge, which is made of stone, spans the Arno River placed at the location where Romans built the first Bridge in Florence before the 994 AD.
The flood destroyed the bridge for the first time in 1117, and it was reconstructed in 1333. It was later rebuilt in today’s shape in 1345.
8. Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia
Sydney Harbor Bridge, also known as Coathanger because of its arch-based design, is also in the list of world’s most amazing bridges. This bridge is one of the beautiful tourists’ attractions in Sydney.
The bridge connects Sydney CBD(central business district) and the North Shore across the Sydney Harbor. The bridge which was completed in 1932, offers a dramatic view of the bridge, the harbor and Sydney Opera House. It is the sixth longest arch across the globe.
9. Tower Bridge, England
Tower Bridge in London was opened in 1994 by The Prince of Wales. The bridge crosses the River Thames. Its name comes from its closeness to the tower of London, which is the most iconic symbols in London.
Tower Bridge acts as London’s most iconic Landmarks and is still the major crossing of River Thames. Because of its closeness to the harbor, the bridge is made in a way that allows passing of ships.
10. Nanpu Bridge, China
The designers of Shanghai’s Nanpu Bridge in China came up with a good idea of building one of the most iconic bridges globally and still save space. It’s built with a funky and innovative spiral approach.
Shanghai’s Nanpu Bridge, which was opened in 1991, is also the 57th longest cable-stayed in the globe.