Following are some of the most famous bridges around the world. They are also often referred to as architectural marvels due to their novel construction and superb design.
The Banpo Bridge in Seoul got a face lift on September 9th, 2008. A 10,000-nozzle fountain was installed which runs all the way down both sides. Soon after the installation, the bridge became an enormous tourist attraction. The bridge has the capacity to pump over 190 tons of water per minute from the river below.
This bridge towers apporximately 1,125-ft above the Tarn Valley, in southern France. To many, it is like a dream come true to drive along the Millau Bridge. The Millau Bridge is about 8,071-ft long, with the longest single span at 1,122-ft and a maximum clearance below of 886-ft. This bridge is truly an impressive sight to behold.
This pedestrian bridge is 36 meters tall, rising 12 stories above the road. It is popular for being the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. This 300-metre bridge connects two parks, Telok Blangah Hill and Mount Faber.
The longest trans-oceanic bridge in the world extends across the Hangzhou Bay and extends to over 35.673 kilometers (22 miles) in length. It hosts six expressway lanes in two directions. The bridge was constructed with a view to minimize traffic congestion and shorten the driving time between Shanghai and Ningbo.
This award winning rolling bridge is situated in Paddington Basin, London and was designed by Heatherwick Studio. The unique feature of the Rolling Bridge is that it curls up until its two ends touch. In its horizontal position, it is a normal timber and steel footbridge. The bridge is about 12 metres long and is constructed in such a way that it has eight steel and timber sections with a handrail between each section.
Opened in May of 2008, the Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge is constructed over the Pinheiros River in São Paulo, Brazil. Approximately 138 metres (450-ft) in height, the bridge links Marginal Pinheiros Freeway to Jornalista Roberto Marinho Avenue. Its design is unique in that it has an X-shaped supporting tower and 2 curved decks which cross each other as they pass through the tower.
The Wind and Rain Bridge is the standing architectural form of the minority people known as Dongs. This bridge is the largest of its kind in Diping and also the largest in Guizhou Province, where China’s largest Dong community lives. It spans about 50 meters in length and is a purely wooden structure.
Designed by Horace Jones and Wolfe Barry in 1894, Tower Bridge is the most beautiful bridge and also one of the most prominent landmarks in London. This bridge has a length of 800-ft but raises in the centre to a maximum clearance of 140-ft, allowing ships to pass down the Thames.
This bridge links the formerly separated East and West Germany over the Elbe River, and was built as a part of the unification project. The bridge has a length of 1 km and enables river barges to avoid a cumbersome passage along the Elbe.
The Ponte Vecchio in Florence is one of the most ancient, fully stone-built segmental arch-bridge in Italy and has duly become one of Italy’s most noted tourist spots. It was originally built of wood though was later rebuilt using stone.