Top Seven World’s Famous Bridges

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Throughout the time, human beings have built some bridges that not only fill the gaps between physical obstacles but also create incredible landmarks. Here is a list of top seven famous bridges all over the world.

 

Millau Bridge

The Millau Viaduct is an incredible cable-stayed road-bridge spanning the valley of River Tarn near Millau in southern France. Amazingly, its highest pylon’s summit is at 343 meters (1,125 ft), slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower. The speed limit on the bridge was reduced from 130 km/h (81 mph) to 110 km/h (68 mph) because many tourists take pictures of the bridge from the vehicles that make traffic slow down.


The Millau Viaduct is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world

The Millau Viaduct is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world

 

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, which was built in 1886 and completed eight years later, is an iconic symbol of London. It consists of two towers tied together at the upper level thank to two horizontal walkways that are created to withstand the forces of the bridge’s suspended sections.


Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge over the River Thames

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge over the River Thames

 

Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge, one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, is the oldest bridge across the canal. The current bridge is made of stone to replace a wooden bridge that collapsed in 1524. It now becomes an architectural icon of Venice and attracts more visitors every year.


The current Rialto Bridge was designed by Antonio da Ponte and completed in 1591

The current Rialto Bridge was designed by Antonio da Ponte and completed in 1591

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge is among Australia’s most visited and photographed landmarks. It becomes the world’s largest steel arch bridge with its top standing 134 meters (440 feet) above Sydney Harbour. Interestingly, the bridge is not completely stationary and can rise or fall up to 18 cm (7.1 inch) because the steel expands or contracts depending on whether it is hot or cold.


The Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in March 1932 after eight year construction

The Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in March 1932 after eight-year construction

 

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Manhattan and Brooklyn over East River, was the longest suspension bridge in the world several years after it opened. Characterizing a wide pedestrian walkway designed for walkers and cyclists, it becomes a famous and iconic landmark of New York.


The Brooklyn Bridge was finished in 1883

The Brooklyn Bridge was finished in 1883

 

Chapel Bridge

The 204-meter (670-foot) long Chapel Bridge crossing the Reuss River in the city of Lucerne is among Switzerland’s main tourist attractions. The European oldest covered bridge was constructed in 1333 to help protect the city from attacks. A numerous number of paintings from the 17th century depicting events from Luzerne’s history have been found inside the bridge.


Unfortunately, the majority of these paintings were destroyed in a 1993 fire though the bridge’s quick restoration

Unfortunately, the majority of these paintings were destroyed in a 1993 fire despite the bridge’s quick restoration

 

Great Belt Bridge

The Great Belt Bridge actually features two bridges split by the small island of Sprogø including the East Bridge with 1,624 meters (5,328 feet) long and the West Bridge with 6,611 meters (21,689 feet) long. While the East has the world’s third longest main span, the West Bridge is combined rail and road bridge between Sprogø and Funen.


Two pylons of the East Bridge are the highest points in Denmark at 254 meter (833 feet) above sea level

Two pylons of the East Bridge are the highest points in Denmark at 254 meters (833 feet) above sea level

 

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This article was published on 2011/03/12