Many describe a bridge as a structure used a passage over physical obstacles like water, valley or land.
A bridge can serve its purpose for rail, pedestrians and road traffic; it can be divided in several types with suspension and cable-stayed bridges being the most reliable.
A bridge’s efficiency depends upon its own mass and the load it can withstand. Nature has itself given hint to the construction of bridges to mankind, in the form of wooden logs used to cross an obstacle.
Since then man has constructed various types of bridges which with the advancement of technology are more and more sophisticated. Present day bridges are engineering marvels.
Below discussed are some of the most famous and tourists appealing bridges in the world:
The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
The golden bridge connects San Francisco to Marin County. It was completed in 1937 as the longest suspension bridge.
It was considered to be a big feat for structure engineering and structural achievement at that time. Over 100,000 cars daily cross the Golden Gate Bridge. It is considered to be a prominent landmark in American structural feats.
Tower Bridge, London
Located in London the Tower Bridge stands still over Thames River. It was completed in 1894. This 800 feet long bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in London.
Its bascules are opened to allow river traffic. Approximately the bascules are raised 1000 times a year. The Tower Bridge is currently used for road traffic and pedestrians.
Oresund Bridge, Denmark – Sweden
Oresund Bridge connects Sweden and Denmark. It was opened to traffic and trains in 2000.
The Bridge is 7,845 m long and costs about $3.2 Billion. This massive bridge took 5 years to complete.
It carries 60,000 cars, buses, Lorries and train from Sweden to Denmark and vice versa.
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Dubai is a global city and hub for business. Dubai's economy was based on the oil industry, but now its main revenues are from tourism, real estate, and financial services.
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney
Sydney’s 1,149m long Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932. It took 8 years to complete this bridge.
Its 75th anniversary was celebrated in 2007. This bridge was built at a cost of $12 million which finally paid off in 1998.
It serves as the iconic image for Sydney. It is used for road traffic, rail and pedestrians.
Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul
Bosphorus Bridge is a bridge in Istanbul which connects Asia and Europe. Istanbul is a unique city which is situated on two continents.
This Bridge is 1,510m long and was completed in 1973. It was the world’s 4th longest suspension bridge when it was completed.
Presently it the 16th longest suspension bridge in the world.
Millau Bridge, France
Millau Bridge soars 1,125 ft above the Tarn Valley and is 2,460m long.
Surprisingly this massive structure is slightly higher than the Eiffel Tower. Its construction was started in 2001 and completed in 2004.
Its construction was approximately €400. This bridge has won many structural excellence awards.
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- Interesting Facts About Eiffel Tower
When Eiffel Tower was inaugurated on March 31, 1889, nobody had imagined that this elaborate structure of steel would become France's national symbol and the most recognised icon of the modern age.
This bridge has been nick named ‘The Swan’ because of the distinctive shape of cable supporting it.
It is 802m long and connects the south part of the city to the north. It was completed in 1996 and it costs about $110 Million.
Later on strong shock dampers were installed to reduce trembling under harsh conditions.
Ponte Vecchio, Florence
Ponte Vecchio is a huge tourist spot in Italy.
This marvelous fully-stone built bridge in the year 1345. It has withstood many floods.
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- Top Famous Airports
Airports are one of the most important locations on a map. Airports are the base station for the fastest means of international transport.
Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge sometimes also referred as ‘The Pearl Bridge’ has the longest span of suspension bridges.
It is 1,991m long and was completed in 1998.
This bridge costs around $4.5 Billion. It took 2 million workers to complete this bridge. This bridge is a symbol for the city of Kobe.
San Diego-Coronado Bridge
The Coronado Bridge is made of concrete and steel.
It is 3,407m long linking two cities San Diego and Coronado.
This bridge costs about $50 million. It was completed in 1969.It is built 200 ft over the San Diego Bay.
The Historic Pyramids
- The Pyramids
Pyramids are old stone buildings with a square base. These pyramids were built by ancient Egyptian's to serve as tombs for their kings and queens especially during 2614-2181 BC.
Tsing Ma Bridge, Hong Kong
The Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong is the world’s sixth longest suspension bridge.
It was completed in 1998 at an estimated cost of $900 Million. It carries rail and road traffic.
The bridge is particularly popular amongst the tourists especially when it is lit up at night. This bridge is claimed to carry more traffic than any other bridge in any country.
Magdeburg Water Bridge
The Magdeburg Water Bridge in Germany is one the most peculiar bridge in the world.
It is 106m long and is used as a crossing over River Elbe.
It was completed in 2003 and costs about €500 Million. It is open for pedestrians.
Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World
- Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World
Although most people know that a list exists of the Seven World Wonders, only few can name them. The list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was originally compiled around the second century BC.
hassam (author) from Pakistan on July 12, 2010:
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