10 Most Breathtaking Bridges Around The World
- 2 years ago
Bridges are usually not the main reason why we decide to travel, but they can take our breath away.
Below I have picked top 10 interesting, inspiring or simply breathtaking bridges around the world. The list is not about ‘largest’ or ‘tallest’ or even ‘oldest’ but mainly – for being a unique construction I have seen so far.
1 – Forth Bridge, Scotland
Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge in the east of Scotland, 9 miles (14 kilometers) away from Edinburgh City Center. It was firstly opened on March 4, 1890, and has a total length of 8296 feet (2529 meters). The construction took 8 years to complete.
2 – Puente Nuevo, Andalusia, Spain
The bridge took started construction in 1751 and it took a total of 42 years to complete, taking fifty workers’ lives. The central chamber at the middle of the bridge was used for a variety of purposes, including a prison.
3 – Ponte Vecchio, Italy
Ponte Vecchio, or simply “old bridge” in English is a Medieval stone bridge located over Arno River in Florence, Italy, is noted to still have shops built along it. While in medieval times the shops were occupied by butchers, nowadays you find there only jewelers, art dealers, and souvenir sellers.
4 – The bridge in Las Lajas Sanctuary, Narino, Colombia
The Shrine of Our Lady of Las Lajas is a Roman Catholic cathedral and basilica and is located in southern Colombia. It was built between 1916 to 1949, and it rises 100 meters (330 ft) high from the bottom of the canyon and connected by 50 meters (160 ft) tall bridge.
5 – Milau Viaduct, France
The Millau Viaduct (in French le Viaduc de Millau) is a cable-stayed bridge designed by Michel Virlogeux and Norman Foster. It is currently the tallest bridge in the world (as of 2015) with its highest point of 343 meters (1125 ft) above the base of the structure. It was opened on December 14, 2004.
6 – Multnomah Falls’ Benson Bridge, Oregon, USA
Benson Footbridge, measuring 45-foot (14 meters) long, allows visitors of Multnomah Falls to cross 105 feet (32 meters) above the lower cascade of the fall. Simon Benson, after whom the bridge is named, financed the bridge’s construction in 1914.
7 – Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, California, USA
Bixby Bridge is reinforced concrete bridge in Big Sur, California. Before the bridge was constructed in 1932, residents of the Big Sur were cut off during the winter season due to impassable old coast roads.
8 – Golden Gate Bridge, California, USA
One of the Wonders of the Modern World, the Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge 2.7 km long between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The construction was finished on May 27, 1937, with a complete budget of $1.3 million.
9 – Skocjanske Jame – Slovenia
One of the underground bridges is located in Skocjan Caves, one of the top 10 tourist attraction in Easter Europe and world heritage sites. It is one of the largest known underground canyons in the world with a special ecosystem. Additionally, the area has historical significance as it was inhabited since the prehistoric times.
10 – Hardanger Bridge, Norway
With traffic of only 2000 vehicles per day, the bridge is currently considered to be one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. The construction completed on August 17, 2013.