Bridges are one of the great inventions in the history of architecture. They shorten the distance between two places and save time. Their effect is immeasurable. Since time immemorial, designers have continuously improved the design of bridges to create stunning bridges. Here are 10 of the most beautiful bridges.
1. Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey
The only bridge in the world that spans two continents. Construction has been going on since 490 AD, when people lined up a bridge with fleets of ships. In 1967, the official bridge was finally approved for construction, and six years later, in 1973, it was completed.
2. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe, Japan
Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge Akashi Kaikyo Bridge: Crosses the Akashi Strait between Honshu Island and Shikoku Island in Japan. With a length of 3911 meters, the bridge is currently the longest suspension bridge in the world, and the wire rope used is enough to circle the earth 7 times. Officially opened to traffic in 1998.
3. The Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy
A Baroque building built in the early 17th century, the bridge connects the Doge's Palace with the old prison. The bridge name "Sigh" is derived from Byron's psalm. Also inspired by the poet, the bridge is now even more magical - if a couple kiss under the bridge at sunset, they can achieve eternal love.
4. Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Erasmusbrug is known as the "Swan Bridge" in the world. It has a simple and neat appearance. The snow-white bridge is slender and straight, like an elegant white swan roaming the Maas River. This one-way cable-stayed bridge was completed in 1996. It has 2,600 steps and several avenues. Vehicles, trams, bicycles, pedestrians and skateboarders can pass freely. It is an outstanding representative of the Dutch pragmatism.
5. Fehmarn Belt Bridge
On June 29, 2007, Denmark and Germany cooperated to build the Fehmarn Belt Bridge across the Baltic Sea. The total investment of the project is as high as 5.8 billion euros. The total length of the cross-sea bridge is 18 kilometers, connecting the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland.
6. Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
The Charles Bridge is the most important passage connecting the Old Town with Prague Castle and the adjacent areas, and it also makes Prague an important trade passage between East and West Europe. It is peaceful at night, but during the day it transforms into a lively place.
7. Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle, UK
This is a leaning bridge that spans the River Tyne in England. The bridge can be rotated by means of a pressure lift at both ends to allow passing small boats to pass. The bridge opened in 2001 and is also known as the "Blinking Bridge".
8. Pont du Gard, Verpont-du-Gard, France
It is a three-story stone arched bridge. It is a high-altitude diversion aqueduct built during the ancient Roman Empire. It has high artistic and practical value, and is highly ornamental. In 1985, it was included in the World Cultural Heritage List.
9. Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy
The wooden Rialto Bridge was the first bridge on the Grand Canal when it was built in the early 13th century. It is said that the world's first bank was founded here, and even the setting of Shakespeare's famous play "The Merchant of Venice" was also chosen at the Rialto Bridge.
10. Tower Bridge, London, UK
This is a high tower-type iron bridge across the Thames River in London, England. You can log in to visit the construction history of Tower Bridge and overlook the entire Thames River. It is also more famous because it is located near the Tower of London.