Throughout the ages, mankind has been using architecture in order to bridge the gaps between physical obstacles. The bridges, in particular, serve to provide an easy passage. Moreover, people consider most of the bridges as landmarks. In fact, bridges are a vital part of the infrastructure of regions around the world. Most importantly, they have attracted a lot of jumpers due to their height.
For instance, people can see them from a lot of places in the city which makes for a beautiful part of the bay. Thus, starting from old stone spans to sweeping modern suspensions, bridges have a way of wowing us. Many of them are also at the awe-inspiring feats of engineering and some are even quite aesthetically appealing. Some have even become city icons because of their influence and engineering wonder.
Thus, Earthwonders looked around the world for the most impressive structures bridges and came across the following list. Check it out below so that you know which are your favorite ones!
1. Tower Bridge (London, England)
Just like the Tower of London, from which it borrowed its name, London’s Tower Bridge is one of the British capital’s most prominent landmarks. However, its twin towers make it really stand out, giving the structure an air of imperial grandeur, just like the city it calls home. Tower Bridge is one of the world’s most recognizable bridges!
2. Rialto Bridge (Venice, Italy)
The first bridge to span the Grand Canals of Venice, this 15th-century structured by Antonio da Ponte defied the critics of the time. The design, which took three years to build, has 24 feet high and 75 feet wide to allow space for shops along the sides. The name of Venice alone evokes the absolutely extraordinary. Everyone aspires to come to Venice and all those who have already made the trip to this Italian wonderland dream only of one thing: of returning again and again and again. No city in the world is so well known and yet so secret.
3. Sydney Harbour Bridge (Sydney, Australia)
Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most well-known and photographed landmarks. It is the world’s largest (but not the longest) steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 134 meters (440 feet) above Sydney Harbour. It took eight years to build and opened in March 1932. Because the steel expands or contracts depending on whether it is hot or cold, the bridge is not completely stationary and can rise or fall up to 18 cm.
4. Ponte Vecchio (Florence, Italy)
The Ponte Vecchio is the oldest wholly-stone built, segmental arch bridge in Europe. More than just a river crossing, it features a multitude of shops along its sides. Initially occupied by butchers, these shops now accommodate more tourist-oriented artisans such as jewelers and art dealers.
5. Millau Bridge (Tarn Valley, France)
The Millau bridge is an incredible piece of engineering. With one of its mast’s summits rises 1,125 feet above its base, it is the world’s tallest bridge. Its amazing scale and beauty have earned it great praise. Millau Bridge is the largest cable-stayed vehicular bridge in the world!
6. Tsing Ma Bridge (Hong Kong, China)
The gravity-anchored Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong is the 6th largest suspension bridge in the world and carries more rail traffic than any other bridge on earth. It is the world’s 14th-longest span suspension bridge. The bridge connects two islands, namely Tsing Yi and Ma Wan.
7. Bosphorus Bridge (Istanbul, Turkey)
The oldest and biggest of the two structures spanning the Bosphorus Strait, in the Turkish city of Istanbul. The structure took three years to build, opening in late 1973. It has the distinction of being one of the few bridges in the world which actually links to continents, namely Europe and Asia.
8. Brooklyn Bridge (New York City, US)
Brooklyn Bridge is the oldest suspension bridge in the United States. Significantly larger than any other suspension bridge of its day, it was a technological marvel at the time of its opening and has since been designated a National Historic Landmark, as well as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
9. Charles Bridge (Prague, Czech Republic)
Stone, old, and impressive, the Charles Bridge in Prague crosses the Vltava River in all its Gothic glory. What started in 1357 as a major construction project ended in the early 1400s with a 2,037-foot stone arch bridge. And it connects Old Town to the Prague Castle area in the Lesser Quarter with 16 arches and an additional 30 decorative statues.
10. Stari Most (Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Completed in the second half of the 16thy century, Stari Most (a name which literally means Old Bridge) was commissioned by the Ottoman Sultan himself. It was such an outlandish task that the man charged with building it (under the penalty of death) didn’t think it would stand.
Located in the city of Mostar, in present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina, the original bridge was destroyed during the war in 1990. And has since been restored with international aid, using local materials and Ottoman building techniques.
11. Nanpu Bridge (Shanghai, China)
The Nanpu Bridge opened to the public on September 1st, 1991, is a sister bridge to the Yangpu Bridge across the Huangpu River in Shanghai. The bridge with an 8346-meter-length and a main span of 423 meters is one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the world. The spiral bridge approach in Puxi is like a wonder in world bridge construction. It is made to minimize the amount of land used by the bridge approach.
12. Helix Bridge (Singapore)
Inspired by the shape of DNA, the Helix Bridge offers Singapore pedestrians 918 feet of architectural intrigue and artistic expression. The bridge in Marina Bay uses multiple styles of steel to curve and sweep, opening up at five points for viewing platforms. The steel tubes serve as the visual spectacle. If straightened and laid end-to-end, they would stretch 7,380 feet.
13. Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge (Kobe, Japan)
The longest suspension bridge in the world measures 12,800 feet across. It opened in 1998 after 12 years of construction. The three-span bridge crosses the Akashi Strait with 190,000 miles of wire cabling the roadways from the two towers. Bridge design had to account for earthquakes, high winds, and harsh sea currents crashing against the towers.
14. Chapel Bridge (Lucerne, Switzerland)
It is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, and one of Switzerland’s main tourist attractions. The covered bridge, constructed in 1333, helps to protect the city of Lucerne from attacks. Inside the bridge are a series of paintings from the 17th century, depicting events from Luzerne’s history. In addition, much of the bridge, and the majority of these paintings, were destroyed in a 1993 fire, though it was quickly rebuilt.
15. Coronado Bridge (San Diego, US)
The San Diego Coronado Bridge is a concrete and steel girder bridge that links San Diego with Coronado and expands over the San Diego Bay. The bridge was constructed as a part of State Route 75, as a way to cut across the San Diego Bay Area. In particular, the bridge opened to traffic in August of 1969 during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of San Diego. This award-winning bridge quickly became an area landmark after its opening in 1969. With a vertical clearance of approximately 200 feet, the tallest ships can pass beneath it.
16. South Korea, Banpo Bridge. Rainbow fountain, night lights..
The scaffold crosses Seoul’s popular Han River and however it was initially implicit in 1982, a 2007 revival project looked to improve it. As a feature of the beautification, two or three wellsprings were added to it, notwithstanding 10,000 amazing LED lights that make a visual display around evening time for certain dynamic impacts.
The powerful water jets are packed with music and continually evolving shows. Other than being sharp, it is likewise harmless to the ecosystem. Banpo Bridge is the world’s longest wellspring span according to the Guinness Book of World Records.