According to an Indian Proverb, “Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it.” Today, we have gathered the 10 most amazing bridges built in the world. And as much as we want to build a house on it and just marvel in awe every waking day, well, err, it’s impossible. And yes, I’m just being too literal. Read below and let us know which one’s your favorite.
1.) Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA
The famous Golden Bridge in San Francisco is definitely one of the most popular bridges in the entire world. We usually see this bridge in movies like love stories, chick flicks, police chases or even being destroyed by sinister forces. Opened in 1934 with a length of 8,981 feet, the Golden Gate Bridge was designed by Joseph Strauss, Charles Ellis and Irvin Morrow. It is truly beautiful that it has been declared by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Wonders of the Modern World.
2.) Brooklyn Bridge, New York, USA
Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the Unites States. With a total length of 1,595 feet, it connects Brooklyn and Manhattan. Designed by German immigrant John Augustus Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge has been the icon of New York City. In the year 1964, it was hailed as a National Historic Landmark.
3.) Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy
The Ponte di Rialto or Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge in Italy, that divides the districts of San Polo and San Marco. The bridge is only 75-feet long and 24-feet tall. Back in the day, this wasn’t how it looked like. The stone bridge you see now was once a bridge made of timber. But due to some unfortunate circumstances like being partly burned 1310, and collapsing in the years
1444 and 1524, it was only in the year 1591 that the stone bridge was finally completed.
4.) Tower Bridge, London, England
The Tower Bridge is the iconic symbol of London. The famous bridge is divided into two parts: at the top is a walkway, while the one on the bottom is for motorists. The famous bridge that crosses the River Thames has a length of 801 feet and a height of 213 feet. The Tower Bridge was officially opened on June 30, 1894 by King Edward VII, and his wife, Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
5.) Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Area, Singapore
Previously known as the Double Helix Bridge, the Helix Bridge is one of the most fascinating modern structures at present. This was designed by COX Group Pte Ltd, a team of Australian architects, and Singapore-based architects, Architects 61. The Helix Bridge connects the Marina South in the Marina Bay and the Marina Centre. With a total length of 280 meters, it was officially opened on April 24, 2010. However, only half was opened to the public, due to some on-going construction at the Marina Bay Sands. It was completely opened on July 18, 2010.
6.) Millau Viaduct Bridge, Midi-Pyrénées, France
The le Viaduc de Millau or Millau Viaduct Bridge is a 2,460-meter long cable-stayed bridge designed by Michel Virlogeux, a French engineer, and Norman Foster, a British Architect. The Millau Viaduct Bridge has a height of 343 meters, making it the tallest bridge in the world. The bridge spans all over the valley of River Tarn. Formally opened on December 16, 2004, the Millau Viaduct has been considered as one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time.
7.) Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy
The Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy, is a stoned structure over the Arno River at its narrowest point. This unique bridge comprises 3 different archs. The middle arch has a span of 98 feet, while the two others on the sides each span 89 feet. What also makes Ponte Vecchio a unique bridge, is that it’s not only made only for motorists, but it also houses tenants that sell souvenirs, art and jewelry.
8.) Chengyang Bridge, Sanjiang County, China
Another unique structure is found in Sanjiang County, China: the Chengyang Bridge. Just like the Ponte Vecchio, it is not only a walkway or a bridge for passing vehicles, but it is a combination of a Chinese pavilion, a veranda, a corridor and a bridge. The bridge also serves as a link for two of the province’s populous areas. With a total length of 211 feet, and a height of 33 feet, the Chengyang Bridge was completed in the year 1912.
9.) Khaju Bridge, Isfahan, Iran
With 12 meters wide, and 133 meters long, the Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran, serves both as dam and bridge. This architecturally beautiful bridge has a total of 24 arches. It was built around the year 1650 by Shah Abbas II, the Persian Safavid king. The bridge is considered as the finest and most beautiful in the province. The Khaju Bridge is decorated with paintings and artistic tilework that serves a place for public meetings.
10.) Pont du Gard, Gard River, France
The Pont du Gard bridge takes its name from the Gardon River, from where it crosses it. With a total length of 1,180 feet, the Pont du Gard was built on the 1st Century AD and is still well preserved until today. Because of its rich history and importance, it was declared as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1985.