Monday, September 30, 2013

20 Amazing Bridges

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20: Pont du Gard, Remoulins, France
Completed between 40 and 60 A.D., the Pont du Gard Bridge crosses the Gardon River gorge in southern France and was built by the Romans to carry water from the spring in Uzes, France.

19: Akashi-Kaiky Bridge, Akashi Strait, Japan
At more than 6,500 feet, Japan's Akashi Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world. 

18: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, N.Y.
Since it opened in 1883, after 13 years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge has become an icon of New York City.

17: Henderson Waves Bridge, Singapore
Pedestrians get the chance to stroll along part of Singapore's Southern Ridges nature trail on the Henderson Waves Bridge, which stands nearly 120 feet above the road and connects a pair of local parks.

16: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Calif.
Amazingly, it took only four years to complete construction on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, which opened in 1937 and has since become one of the most photographed bridges anywhere in the world.
  


15: Royal Gorge Bridge, Cañon City, Colo.
The highest bridge in the world for more than 70 years, Colorado's Royal Gorge Bridge was built in just six months in 1929. It spans more than 1,200 feet across the Arkansas River near Canon City, Colo., within a 360-acre theme park with 21 rides.

14: Helix Bridge, Singapore
Inspired by the helical structure of DNA, Singapore's Helix pedestrian bridge opened in 2010 and features a computer-controlled lighting system to set the mood for pedestrians walking on it.

13: Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy
Now well into its fifth century, the Rialto Bridge in Venice was built first as a floating pontoon over the Grand Canal, and later replaced by a wooden bridge that collapsed under the weight of a crowd watching a boat parade. The current stone bridge was completed in 1591.
  
{Dang banner got in the way of the picture!}

12: Stari Most, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Commissioned by the Ottoman emperor Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557, this arch bridge over the Neretva River in modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina stood for more than 400 years until it was destroyed in the Balkans War in 1993. It was rebuilt after the war ended, and re-opened in 2004.

11: Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy
Butchers once occupied the shops now filled by jewelers and souvenir sellers on this bridge that spans the narrowest point over the Arno River in Florence, Italy. Believed to date back to Roman times, the bridge appears in Italian records as far back as 996 A.D.

10: Øresund Bridge, Malmö, Sweden
Completed in 2000, this five-mile-long bridge that links Sweden and Denmark across the Øresund strait ends on the man-made island of Peberholm, the crossover point where the road from the bridge takes drivers into the tunnel beneath the strait.

9: Millau Viaduct, Millau-Creissels, France
When it opened in 2004 in the Tarn River valley of southern France, the 1,125-ft.-high Millau Viaduct Bridge shot to the top of the list of the world's tallest bridges.

8: Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey
Completed in 1973, the Bosphorus Bridge is one of two bridges in Istanbul, Turkey, that connect Europe with Asia over the Bosphorus Strait.

7: Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy
Built in 1602, Venice's Bridge of Sighs got its name from the English poet Lord Byron in the 19th century, based on the legend that the bridge was the last view convicted prisoners would see of the beautiful Italian city before being taken to their prison cells.

{Bad picture because it was night and there was preservation being done around the bridge}

6: Si-o-se Pol, Isfahan, Iran
Built between 1599 and 1602, the Si-o-se Pol is translated as the Bridge of 33 Arches, for the rows of arches that line either side of its double-deck span.

5: Sundial Bridge, Redding, Calif.
Completed in 2004, this bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Sacramento River near Redding, Calif., connects the museums at Turtle Bay Exploration Park with the Sacramento River Trail, a 35-mile-long hiking, walking and running trail that runs alongside the river.

4: Lupu Bridge, Shanghai, China
When it opened in 2003, Shanghai's Lupu Bridge was the world's longest feel arch bridge, a feat that has since been eclipsed by the Chaotianmen Bridge in Chongqing.

3: Langkawi Sky Bridge, Langkawi, Malaysia
You'll need to take a cable car to the top of Gunung Mat Chinchang on Pulau Langakawi, an island in the Malaysian state of Kedah, to walk along this curved pedestrian bridge, which meanders around the clouds of the mountain peak.

2: Chengyang Bridge, Liuzhou, China
Built in 1916, this bridge that spans the Sanjiang River in China's Guangxi province is known by several names, including the Yongji Bridge and the Panlong Bridge. Inside, the bridge features three floors and 19 verandas that look out onto the river.

1: Magdeburg Water Bridge, Magdeburg, Germany
Germany's Magdeburg Water Bridge connects the Elbe-Havel Canal with the Mittelland Canal along a navigable aqueduct over the Elbe River. Before the bridge opened in 2003, ships had to make a nearly eight-mile detour for a trip that now takes only minutes. 





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