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Most Popular Bridges In the World

Every bridges around the world are built for a purpose.  A bridge is somewhat a link or a gateway linking one place to another.  It may be linking one city to another for a purpose of convenience or just making a gateway to make other place accessible to all.

There are different types of bridges built around the world.  There  beam bridges, cantilever bridges, arch bridges, suspension bridges, cable-stayed bridges and truss bridges.  Bridges are designed mainly for pedestrian, road traffic, trains, pipelines, waterways for barge and other.

When we visit to another countries and places, aside from the buildings and natural beauty of it, bridges also give this places beauty.  A landmark where everybody can remember.


Here are some of the Most Popular Bridges in the World


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Tower Bridge (London, England)

The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by The Prince of Wales and his wife, The Princess of Wales.  Tower Bridge is one of five London bridges now owned and maintained by the Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation. It is the only one of the Trust's bridges not to connect the City of London to the Southwark bank, the northern landfall being in Tower Hamlets.


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Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, US)

The weight of the roadway is hung from two cables that pass through the two main towers and are fixed in concrete at each end. Each cable is made of 27,572 strands of wire. There are 80,000 miles (129,000 km) of wire in the main cables.  The bridge has approximately 1,200,000 total rivets.  The bridge-opening celebration began on May 27, 1937 and lasted for one week. The day before vehicle traffic was allowed, 200,000 people crossed by foot and roller skate.


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Gateshead Millenium Bridge (Gateshead, England)

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge spanning the River Tyne in England between Gateshead's Quays arts quarter on the south bank, and the Quayside of Newcastle upon Tyne on the north bank. The award-winning structure was conceived and designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre and structural engineers Gifford.   The bridge is sometimes referred to as the 'Blinking Eye Bridge' or the 'Winking Eye Bridge’ due to its shape and its tilting method.


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Erasmusbrug (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

The bridge was officially opened by Queen Beatrix on September 6, 1996, having cost 165 million Dutch guilders to construct. Shortly after the bridge opened to traffic in October 1996, it was discovered the bridge would swing under particularly strong wind conditions. To reduce the trembling, stronger shock dampers were installed.


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Millau Bridge (Tarn Valley, France)

The Millau Viaduct is located on the territory of the communes of Millau and Creissels, France, in the département of Aveyron. Before the bridge was constructed, traffic had to descend into the Tarn River valley and pass along the route nationale N9 near the town of Millau, causing heavy congestion at the beginning and end of the July and August vacation season. The bridge now traverses the Tarn valley above its lowest point, linking two limestone plateaus, the Causse du Larzac and the Causse Rouge, and is inside the perimeter of the Grands Causses regional natural park.


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Oresund Bridge (Oresund Strait, Denmark and Sweden)

Construction of the crossing began in 1995. It was finished on 14 August 1999. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden met midway on the bridge to celebrate the completion. The official inauguration took place on 1 July 2000, with Queen Margrethe II, and King Carl XVI Gustaf as guests of honour. The crossing was opened for public traffic later that day. On 12 June 2000, before the inauguration, 79,871 runners competed in a half marathon (Broloppet, the Bridge Run) from Amager (Denmark) to Skåne(Sweden). In spite of two setbacks - the discovery of 16 unexploded World War II bombs on the sea bed and a skewed tunnel segment - the crossing was finished 3 months ahead of schedule.


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Magdeburg Water Bridge (Magdeburg, Germany)

The Magdeburg Water Bridge (German: Wasserstraßenkreuz) is a navigable aqueduct in Germany, completed in October 2003. It connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittellandkanal ("Midland Canal"), crossing over the River Elbe. The canals had previously met near Magdeburg but at opposite banks across the River Elbe. It is notable for being the longest navigable aqueduct in the world, with a length of 918 metres.


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Shanghai Nanpu Bridge

The nanpu bridge is the first steel and concrete composite girder cable-stayed bridge built in shanghai. the total length of the bridge is 8346 meters with a centre span of 423 meters, ranking third among cable-stayed bridges in the world. the tower height is 150 meters with two lines of strong cables suspending the bridge. the spiral bridge approach in puxi is considered to be a wonder in world bridge construction.


descriptions are courtesy of Wikipedia

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Comments

j.mohana sundari on April 21, 2012:

do anything amzing like dis

slim on November 03, 2011:

the shanghai nanpu bridge is just marvellous. Though i have not seen it physically, the pictures is some sight.

borge_009 (author) from Philippines on May 10, 2011:

Thanks sairakhan. I hope you liked the bridges too....

sairakhan from Bombay , India on March 26, 2011:

I love your hub too much.I have started following you

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on May 30, 2010:

Love that water bridge! I've never seen anything like it. Well, I have been awed here early on Sunday morning. Thanks so much for all these photos and the information! Rated up of course!

SteveoMc from Pacific NorthWest on May 24, 2010:

Thanks for sharing all the intriguing bridges with us. I was amazed at some of them. Good work. The Millau was my favorite but all of them are stunning.

World-Traveler from USA on May 21, 2010:

Hello

Very interesting. I liked the Millau Bridge best. Very interesting design. Thanks!

borge_009 (author) from Philippines on May 21, 2010:

Thanks Peggy. I wish I could also see all of these bridges in person.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 21, 2010:

What amazing bridges! The only one we have seen in person and traveled across is the Golden Gate Bridge. Would be a treat to see some of the others someday. Rating this hub "awesome."

borge_009 (author) from Philippines on May 21, 2010:

Thank you for visiting this hub about bridges. These bridges architectural designs are really amazing. I cannot imagine how these amazing architects planned all these things.

You're right Zsuzsy Bee, I cannot imagine what can we built with today's state of the art technologies and facilities.

Thanks to you all

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on May 21, 2010:

Each one of these bridges are a wonder. Amazing what can be built with today's technology... Great hub.

regards Zsuzsy

Ign Andy from Green Home Office on May 20, 2010:

Stunning bridges, great pictures.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on May 20, 2010:

Unusual subject, borge, and amazing photos. Thank you for the info.

inwest from Romania on May 20, 2010:

Thanks for the friendship! good luck in business

gr8archer45 from Pakistan on May 20, 2010:

Wow really interesting! thanx for sharing such wonderful pics and info.

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