Bridges are pretty useful constructions. They help us travel from A to B by bridging the gap – did you see what I did there?! They carry us over large bodies of water, ice and snow covered land, towering mountains and noisy urban sprawls and otherwise impassable obstructions.
Bridges are also amazing feats of engineering, often architectural wonders that can link one amazing place to another. Here’s a five of the great bridges of the world:
The Confederation Bridge, Canada
This extremely long bridge, measuring 12.9 kilometres or 8 miles, was constructed in 1997. It rises out of the ice covered water magnificently, connecting Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick.
Aradaina Bridge, Crete
Perhaps not as well known as others on this list, the Aradaina Bridge is 138 meters high and can be found on the outskirts of Sfakia. It is the highest bridge in Crete and in fact the whole of Greece. If you are looking at holidays to Crete then this should be added to your list of things to do whilst you are there.
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia
There’s some dispute between Australian’s as to whether the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Sydney Opera House is the city’s number one icon. As close neighbours, perhaps they should just share the spotlight as both are remarkable in their own right. The bridge was built in 1932 and is probably one of the most famous bridges of the world. It is a popular climb for tourists and locals alike. Approximately 3 million people have made the climb which takes 4 hours in its entirety.
Ponte Vecchio, Italy
Now for something a little bit different. The historic Ponte Vecchio, meaning old bridge, in Florence has several claims to fame. One being that it is Europe’s oldest medieval bridge and another that it was spared from destruction by order of Hitler in World War II. Today in keeping with its history, shops precariously hug the bridge as it stretches across the Arno River.
Golden Gate Bridge, USA
2013 will see San Francisco’s famous bridge reach the ripe old age of 76. It took 4 years to complete at a cost of $35 million and opened in 1937. In 2003 it was estimated that the cost to build a new version would be $1.2 billion. This orange coloured bridge connects San Francisco City to the County of Marin.
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