Human being’s desire to cross things has been there since the dawn of mankind. However, most of the time, the human race was defeated by the forces of nature, such as giant water bodies, which became a hurdle in the man’s travels. However, with the advancement of time and brain, idea of bridges was put forward. It started of by putting a log over a little stream in order to cross it. Eventually, man started using bigger and better equipment, and today he has achieved something that man of around 200,000 years ago couldn’t even have imagined. Today, bridges are not only a way of going from place to place, but also a sign of human creativity and a source of tourist amusement. There are several famous bridges across the globe, in the blog are mentioned twelve most popular ones:
12. Chapel Bridge, Switzerland
Switzerland’s Chapel Bridge is around 205-meter long bridge over the Reuss River in Lucerne city. It is considered as Europe’s oldest wooden covering bridge and is also one of the Swiss main tourist attractions. The bridge also has a rich history and its insides are full of paintings from the 17th century, so it is basically a must stop for every artist visiting Europe. These paintings portray the historical events. However, in a grand fire, most of the bridge was damaged, along with around 85 of the paintings.
11. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge is one of the US’ most famous bridges. Its construction was completed 1937 and at time it was the world’s longest suspension bridge. That being said, it was obviously one of the most enormous constructions of its time. The bridge is one of the masterpieces of the famous architect, Joseph B. Strauss. Golden Gate Bridge was completed in around seven years. It can be said the bridge is San Francisco’s biggest tourist attraction.
10. Tower Bridge, London
Constructed over the wild River Thames, Tower Bridge of London is a beautiful suspension bridge and a combined bascule. Being very near to the Tower of London, it gets its name as it is today. The Tower Bridge has also become one of the “iconic symbols” of the city. The construction of this mighty bridge started in around 1886 and the construction was completed in around eight years.
9. Millau Bridge, France
Guinness Book of World Record’s largest ever cable-stayed vehicular bridge, Millau Bridge spans River Tarn’s valley, situated north of France. It is also the world’s tallest bridge and is around 1,125ft high, making it a little taller then the mighty Eiffel Tower. Needless to say, it is a must visit.
8. Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney
World’s widest, “long span” bridge, Sydney Harbor is of around 3,770ft length. Apart from that, it is also world’s largest bridge made of steel arch and its top stands around 440ft tall. Sydney Harbor Bridge took around eight years of construction and was finally opened to public use in the March of 1932. Because of having steel body, the bridge isn’t completely stationary, one of its unique traits.
7. Brooklyn Bridge, New York City
Brooklyn Bridge is no doubt one of the most famous bridges of the world. If you haven’t heard of the name, you will definitely recognize it once you see the picture. Brooklyn Bridge also happens to be the oldest suspension bridge of the United States. The time it was opened to public use, this bridge was the longest in the world. Today, it has become one of the US’ landmarks.
6. Nanpu Bridge, China
Nanpu Bridge is not only Shanghai’s major tourist attraction, but also a wonder of world bridge architecture. Its spiral construction leaves the visitors in awe. Constructed in a way that saves maximum land space, this bridge is not only a revolutionary bridge architecture move, but also one of the prettiest sights. If you plan to travel to Shanghai, don’t forget to go round the Nanpu Bridge Road!
5. Helix Bridge, Singapore
Designed in a way that it actually looks like a giant DNA, Helix Bridge spreads high and mighty over the Singapore River. This unique bridge radiates blue color during the night and gives a beautiful sight. The bridge is relatively a new construction and was opened to the public use in 2010. This illuminating bridge is one of the major tourist attractions of the country.
4. Bridge of Sighs, Venice
Bridge of Sighs is a famous bridge in Venice. Also known in Italian as “Ponte dei Sospiri.” It connects Prigioni to Doge’s Palace. Prigioni were the prisons that were constructed in the 16th century, and through this bridge they were totally cut-off from the city life. It was designed and constructed in 1600 by Antonio Contino. According to the legend, the bridge got its name because the prisoners who were on their way to their cells or executions “sighed” at the sight of it.
3. Ponte Vecchio, Florence
A famous bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio has significances of its own. It is an arch bridge constructed of Medieval stone. This beautiful spreads over the Arno River of Florence and is known for a number of shops built along its side. It is around 98ft high and 105ft wide and one of Florence’ main tourist attractions.
2. Chengyang Bridge, China
Also known as the “Wind and Rain Bridge” and camouflaged among the beautiful green rice fields and mighty mountains, Chengyang Bridge is no doubt one of the prettiest sights of the Guangxi Province. The bridge spans the Linxi River and was constructed in 1916. It depicts the traditional architecture of China, and is hence one of the major tourist attractions of the area.
1. The Falkirk Wheel, Scotland
We have discussed the classic bridges, modern bridges and architectural miracle bridges in the blog – however, The Falkirk Wheel is more of a stunner, other than its highly futurist design. It is currently the world’s only rotating boat lift bridge and can circle at 180 degrees! It is no doubt an exceptional and unique feat of future engineering.