World’s 15 Most Famous Bridges

Bridges, made for overriding the gaps between two places, are often regarded as landmarks and, especially in the modern days, exceed what was thought possible to build. Before we show you the list of most fascinating structures, here’s an interesting fact: the Eiffel Tower is built of iron arches used for the bridges at the end of 19th century – Gustave Eiffel, the constructor, was primarily engaged in bridging.

15 – Charles Bridge in Prague is a stone medieval bridge, one of the most visited sites in Prague today, and a place to see many artists and traders of all sorts.

Charles Bridge, PragueFlickr /paulafunnell

14 – The Old Bridge (“Stari Most”) in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, was built by the Ottoman Turks, and it stood for over 400 years before it was destroyed during the Bosnian war in 1993. It has been repaired and reopened in 2004.

Mostar - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Stari Most 03Flickr /Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Global Photo Archive

13 – Brooklyn Bridge in NY was built in 1893 to link Brooklyn and Manhattan for vehicles and pedestrians. For many years it has been the largest suspension bridge in the world.

Brooklyn Bridge Sunset_1088Flickr /gmacfadyen

12 – Chengyang Bridge in China, the largest of all wind and rain bridges, is made of wood and rock without any nails or rivets.

Bridge without nailsFlickr /SpAvAAi

11 – Alcantara Bridge in Spain was built by the Romans, and the damage it’s got came more from wars and destruction, then from the nature.

Alcántara. Cáceres. Puente romano / Roman bridgeFlickr /MiquelGP54

10 – Si-o-se Pol in Iran has 33 arches. It was built in 1602 of stones and bricks, and it is said that the bridge originally comprised 40 arches.

Si-o-se Pol (2)Flickr /kamshots

9 – Great Belt Bridge that links two Danish islands is actually made of two bridges, Eastern and Western. It replaces the ferry service which was once used to cross the Great Belt.

Storebæltsbroen - The Great Belt BridgeFlickr /hgaronfolo1984

8 – Chapel Bridge in Switzerland is the oldest wood-covered bridge in Europe. It’s been constructed in 14th century, and it attracts a great number of tourists today.

Kapellbr CkeFlickr /SimonQ錫濛譙

7 – Sydney Harbor Bridge is the world’s largest steel arch bridge, and one of the most famous Australia’s landmarks.

Sydney Harbour BridgeFlickr /zayzayem

6 – Tower Bridge in London, over the River Thames, took eight years to construct. It consists of two towers tied together by two horizontal walkways at the upper level.

Tower BridgeFlickr /stewartmorris

5 – Millau Bridge in France that coves the valley of the river Tarn is the world’s highest vehicular bridge. Because of the tourists taking pictures and slowing down the traffic, the speed limit was reduced to 110 km/h.

MillauFlickr /ceesjwfoto (Cees Wouda)

4 – Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan is today the longest suspension bridge in the world. It was open for visitors in 1998, after taking 12 years to build.

akashi-kaikyo bridgeFlickr /naoK

3 – Golden Gate Bridge with its famous red-orange color is one of the landmarks of San Francisco. It was finished in 1937 and it was the longest suspension bridge at the time.

Golden Gate BridgeFlickr /Salim Virji

2 – Ponte Vecchio in Florence is a medieval bridge. It still has shops built around it, today mostly jewelers and souvenir sellers. This is the only Florentine bridge that had survived World War II.

Ponte VecchioFlickr /ehpien

1 – Rialto Bridgee in Venice has survived the predictions of many architects who claimed it would collapse due to its audacious engineering. This is the oldest bridge across channel.

Rialto BridgeFlickr /tomkellyphoto

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