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5 Most Amazing Bridges In The World

Bridges and humans have a long connection with the history, many bridges are exclusively designed for the people to walk or to ride the bike, or drive cars or trains. Some bridges even connect the continents; others are known more for their historical richness and the cultural interest that inspires. Today’s bridges are not only to solely symbolize our world’s advancement in designs and architecture but also showcases an advancement in the technology. Accordingly, engineers and architects are able to amalgamate style and technology together in order to make amazing bridges that are larger, longer, better, and additionally, spectacular than ever before.

Not all bridges are just a suitable construction to connect two points spanned by a river or valley. Some of them rank to be the world’s most iconic sights and millions of tourists flock to see them every year. The following bridges are the jewels of architecture and marvels of technology that have become landmarks in their own right.

Here is the list of top 5 Most Amazing Bridges In The World.

# The Golden Bridge (Vietnam)

Among all the beautiful bridges we can’t ignore the new invention, the “Golden Bridge” that is located in Da Nang, Vietnam, around the Chua Mountain, it was recently opened in June 2018. Apparently, the project of the bridge is a part of a US $2 billion dollar budget. The best part of the bridge is its unique design. The entire Golden Bridge seems to be lifted by a really strong colossal pair of hands that give an impression of the mountain having hands. Wow! We can really understand your heart-craves for that visual treat like it does for many.

Ever since it opened two months back, in June, visitors literally thronged to this place. They feel delighted to visit it as they feel like walking through the clouds, on the bridge. The Golden Bridge is a new heartthrob in the world.

Vietnam has been a hot destination for travelers primarily because of its brilliant landmarks, Buddhist pagodas, beaches and economic costs. The Bridge was designed by Vietnamese architect Vu Viet Anh, the walking bridge stands 1000 meters above the ground. Woah!

# Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, USA)

The Golden Bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, USA. It spans the channel between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, linking the city of San Francisco with Marin County. It has been declared as one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

It opened in 1937 and until 1964, it had the longest suspension bridge (with the main span in the world), at 4,200 feet, i.e. 1,280 m. Many consider the Golden Gate Bridge as the most beautiful bridge in the world, in fact, it is the most photographed, bridge in the world.

# Charles Bridge (Prague, Czech Republic)

Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the patronage of King Charles IV and finished at the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge was originally known as “Stone Bridge,” but it is called as Charles bridge since 1870.  This “solid-land” connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe. The bridge is 621 meters, i.e. 2,037 ft long and nearly 10 meters, i.e. 33 ft wide. The bridge was built as a bow bridge with 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers.

# Ponte Vecchio (Florence, Italy)

If the tourists who visit Florence, haven’t spent their time dawdling on the medieval arch bridge, then their visit to the “cradle of the Renaissance”  is a waste. Ponte Vecchio, a bridge that spans the Arno river at its narrowest point, was first built in Roman times 994 AD. Sadly though, it was destroyed by a flood in 1117, but it was rebuilt in the 14th century. During the World War II, Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge that the fleeing Germans did not destroy.

It is not known yet as in who is the designer of today’s bridge, but it is believed that it is Taddeo Gaddi or Neri di Fioravanti. Before, there were many shops of the butchers and fishmongers on the Ponte Vecchio, but it was later decided that only jewelers and the goldsmiths are allowed to have their shops.

# Sydney Harbour Bridge (Australia)

The Sydney Harbour Bridge itself is a compliment to Australia. It is an amazing bridge in Australia, which was opened in 1932 and is a focal point of Aussie pride and celebrations. Every year, on the New Year’s Eve, the bridge is decorated with lights and fireworks are displayed there that create various visual effects like different emojis and disco balls.

Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s tallest steel arch bridge. Did you know? The measurement of the bridge from the top of the water level is 134m, i.e. 440 ft. The local people of the Sydney have nicknamed the bridge as, “The Coat Hanger” because it is designed as an arch-based carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between Sydney’s central business district and the North Shore.

Next time when you visit Vietnam, Sydney, Prague, Florence and San Francisco, make sure you visit these wonders and capture the moments.

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Poonam Kaur