If you love traveling and find yourself as fascinated by architecture and engineering as by the locations you’re exploring, then you might just enjoy a trip to scout out the world’s memorable bridges. Bridges are built so tall because it increases the length of the moment arm and allows the forces to be divided by the distance between the high point of the bridge and the bridge deck allowing the moments and forces to be less.
Also, there're five types of bridges, and these are, Girder, arch, cable, rigid framed and truss. Each has its unique features and uses. So with all those little trivia about bridges why not give your eyes the eye-candy they deserve, and pay a visit to these beautiful modern wonders.
Here, you’ll find a list of the top 10 either well-known, most beautiful or most interesting bridges around the world:
This pedestrian bridge appears to slice through the mud and even cleanly cuts through the waters of the Netherldands. It was designed to provide access to a Dutch fort built in the 17th century – the Fort De Roovere, the bridge was designed by R&D Architects.
Designed by Santiago Callatrava in Seville, Andalucia, Spain, this bright white bridge is 656 feet from end to end. It features a 446-foot tall pylon that juts out of the bridge at a 68 degree angle. Construction began in 1989 and was completed in 1992 for the world exhibition.
Known as the “Coathanger,” the breathtaking Sydney Harbour Bridge spans 1,149 meters. The deck includes eight travel lanes, but vehicle travel isn’t the only way to experience the bridge. Adults can climb the bridge’s 200 stairs to the top for just $8.50, while youths eight and older can climb for just $3. Those younger than eight years climb for free. There’s even a business in Sydney that features bridge climbs for special events and special days – like Mardi Gras, the Chinese New Year and even weddings.
The Rialto Bridge might be one of Italy’s most famous. Built in 1591, this magnificent structure is quite a tourist attraction. It was built to replace a wooden bridge that collapsed in 1524. This is the oldest of four bridges that cross Venice’s Grand Canal. It was constructed by Antonio de Ponte.
Officially called the Costa e Silva Bridge, the Rio-Niterói bridge runs for 13km/8.25mi and links Rio de Janeiro to the city of Niterói. Up to 1985, it was the second longest bridge in the world. One of its most unique features is the fact that it has no fixed foundations underwater - the Rio-Niterói bridge floats instead, and in windy days you can see it rock slightly right before your eyes as you drive through it.
In Canon City, Colorado, the Royal Gorge Bridge will open for weekend tours this year. The bridge crossing the Arkansas River opened in 1929 and closed in June 2013 after a fire that affected much of Royal Gorge Park, where the bridge is located.
San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge spans 8,980 feet and is 746 feet high. Construction began in 1933 and was completed in 1937. Between opening to the public on May 28, 1937 and May 30, 2012, nearly two million travelers have crossed the bridge, which spans the Golden Gate Strait.
It's not often that a bridge begins in one country and ends in another. The Öresund bridge is impressive in all aspects: it runs for nearly 8 km/5 mi plus a 4km/2.5mi underwater tunnel, and runs all the way from Copenhagen in Denmark to Malmö in Sweden, crossing the Øresund strait. It is the longest combined rail and road bridge in Europe.
The Salnginatobel Bridge, in Schiers, Graubunden, Switzerland, was designed by Robert Maillart. The three-hinged hollow-bow arch of reinforced concrete was completed in 1930. This bridge is known as a Swiss heritage site and an International Historical Civil Engineering Landmark.
This suspension bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. It was designed by John Augustus Roebling and his son, Washington. It opened on May 24, 1883 and today accommodates more than 100,000 travelers per day.
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