Astounding – Awesome 15 amazing Bridges

Our topic of the month is about “Bridges”. In this picture gallery we introduce you to 15 of the most famous bridges in the world.

Come and join us on a quick journey to visit the following bridges:

France: Bridge of Saint-Bénezet
The bridge of Saint-Bénezet, also known as the Pont d'Avignon, was built between 1177 and 1185 over the Rhone River. It is located just below the Palais des Papes - the Papal Palace of Avignon. From 22 stone arches, only four survived the floods of the river. This four surviving arches were declared World Heritage Site.
Argentina: Puente del Inca
This natural Rock formation passes over the Las Cuevas River, in the Andes and is located 112 miles from Mendoza. It is totally natural - not build by man, reflecting a connatural escapade. It was used way before the arrival of the Spaniards by the Huarpes and Incas, as the one passage, to reach the Pacific Ocean. It is also often used as a natural spa, for the nearby hot springs and their flowing down waters. There are many myths about how this rock formation came to existence, with this one common idea: there was an heir to the Inca throne who had a strange and rare paralysis. In order he could heal, his father, the Inca, went with his son in his arms from Cuzco to the hot springs. The legend says that the warriors of the Inca embraced themselves to build a human bridge across the river so that the Inca could pass with his son. As soon as the heir to the throne touched the water of the hot springs, he was cured. When the Inca looked back to his warriors to thank them, they already had become the stone formation we can appreciate today.

Czech Republic: Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge over the Vltava (Moldau) River is 1640ft long and connects the old town with the small town of Prague. This stone arch bridge is dating back to the year 1357, when it was started to be built during the reign of King Charles IV. It’s the landmark of the city. Once upon a time, the royal road of the Bohemian kings led over this bridge - straight into the Castle and until 1841, it was the only bridge to cross the Vltava. It was the scenery for important historic events and survived wars, floods, and heavy traffic to become the symbol of the city of Prague.

Source: Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada - Czech-03942 - Charles Bridge, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

Brazil: Ponte Octavio Frias
The Ponte Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge in São Paulo, Brazil, has a unique structure and a distinct shining beauty. This is the only bridge in the world with an X-shaped support, carrying all the weight. It crosses the River Pinheiros. There are LEDs installed, which can be controlled by computer, so that the city can switch on and off the lights and even change colors. It is now the reference point for the new economy area in the city.

Source: Marcosleal - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
London Bridge
The London Bridge goes back to the year 1136, when Romans built the first version in timber. It was destroyed and renewed several times. The latest version was built in 1973, in concrete and steel. It is a road traffic bridge that crosses the Thames River and connects the City of London to the London Borough.
Source: Diliff - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
France: Pont Neuf
The Bridge of Pont Neuf (New Bridge in Paris is the most famous and oldest bridge in the city. It was built in 1601 according to the plans of its designer Baptiste Androuet du Cerceau. During that time, the bridge was already considered to be unique. Her arches lead you over the Seine River. Below you’ll find a pretty park.
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Canada: Rainbow Bridge
Steel and arches cross the most famous canyon in the World, above the Niagara River. To walk over it is breathtaking! This bridge connects New York with Ontario, the USA and Canada. Its impressive structure offers a great view of the Niagara Falls.

Source: Tony Hisgett - Flickr: Niagara Bridge, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21788144
China: Zhanjiajie Glass Bridge
No foot bridge in the world attracts more people, than this spectacular glass bridge. The building material consists out of steel and glass. The bridge is 46ft wide, 1180ft high with a below clearance of 850ft, which makes the adrenaline rise considerably. Inauguration ceremony was held in August 2016. Shortly thereafter up to 80 000 visitors would come every day. As a result, the bridge was temporarily closed. Today there is a limit of 8000 visitors per day put in place.

Source: אביהוד - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link
France: Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies
This is a bridge that one can visit for real, but her essence was captured by Monet in a whole series of paintings. Claude Monet rented a house in Giverny, France, from 1883 on, and with the house came a garden as big as 15 ha. The impressionistic painter designed the decorative garden and the pond with water lilies, over which he built the bridge in Japanese style. The first paintings of the pond were created 1885, and between the years of 1899 and 1908 he put his easel always at the same place and painted the pond with the bridge again and again, at different times a day and year. Another series started in 1920 and went until his death 1926. The house and garden of the painter are a museum today and many thousand visitors are attracted to it every year.

Source: Supercarwaar [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Crimea: Kerch Strait Bridge
The controversial Crimean Bridge connects the southern Krasnodar region with the Crimean city of Kerch. Only one gigantic arch supports the 12mile extension across a stretch of water between the Black Sea and the Azov Sea. Equally gigantic was the cost: 228 billion rubles (4 billion U.S. Dollars). President Putin inaugurated the Bridge in May 2018 - six months early - symbolizing resistance despite all economic sanctions from the West.

Source: European Space Agency - [1], CC BY-SA 3.0-igo, Link
Colombia: bridge to Las Lajas Sanctuary
Based on a miraculous event in 1754, this Church was built between 1756 and 1764, in the southern Colombian Department of Nariño, in the municipality of Ipiales, inside a canyon. The current Church basilica was reformed and newly built in 1916. It elevates 330ft high from the bottom of the Canyon and its marvelous bridge extends 160ft to the sanctuary of the basilica.

Source: By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link
Norway: the 8 bridges of the Atlantic Road
The longest of 8 bridges is the massive Storseisundet Bridge, connecting the mainland to the island of Averøya. It leads through an archipelago. Beautiful and at times a little bit risky to drive, it is often called the beginning of the road to nowhere. The Storseisundet Bridge is 850ft long, has a clearance of 76ft and was inaugurated in July 1989.

Source: Arno van den Tillaart - originally posted to Flickr as Atlanterhavsveien, Norge, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link
Peru: Q’eswachaka Rope Bridge
This is the last Inca suspension bridge in the world. It is located 110mi south of Cusco, spanning 148ft across the Apurimac River. Entirely out of hand woven grass ropes, locals re-build this bridge continuously, since the time of the Incas. Every year in June, members of Quechua communities - Huinchiri, Choccayhua, Chaupibanda, and Ccollana Quehue – come together, to structure the links of past and future, keeping soul and spirit of the Incas alive.

Source: Photo courtesy of Rutahsa Adventures www.rutahsa.com - uploaded with permission by User:Leonard G. at en.wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Jalo using CommonsHelper., CC BY-SA 1.0, Link
USA: Gapstone Bridge in New York
A beauty like this is hard to be found, so far away from the old Continent. If you take a walk through Central Park, you will cross paths.  Always good for a Kodak Moment, there she is over the neck Pond of 59th street. Designed by Jacob Wrey Mould. The bridge had to be replaced and renewed in 1896. Skyscrapers and the Plaza Hotel are within walking distance.
Germany: Marienbrücke
The Marienbrücke is a bridge nearby the castle of Neuschwanstein, named after the mother of Ludwig II., Queen Marie. The bridge is known for its spectacular view to the castle and is the place to take a picture of Neuschwanstein. It crosses the ravine of Pöllat and was built 1866 by the company which today is known as MAN AG. This bridge often is not even seen on the pictures taken, it is not the largest nor oldest bridge in Germany, but it is certainly the most visited with 1.4 million visitors at the Castle.

Source: Robert Böck - photo taken by Robert Böck, CC BY-SA 2.0 de, Link