20 of the most incredible bridges in the world

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Linking cities to their architectural and historic past, crossing these bridges will transport you through time as well as space.

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  • Puente Romano - Córdoba, Spain
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    Puente Romano - Córdoba, Spain

    The meeting of the Great Mosque, the Bridge Gate and the Roman Bridge across the river Guadalquivir make for one of the most stunning views of Córdoba and of Andalucia as a whole. This bridge, dating back to the medieval period, forms a vital part of the iconic historical centre of Córdoba and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Tower Bridge - London, United Kingdom
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    Tower Bridge - London, United Kingdom

    One of London's most distinctive landmarks, the Victorian-style bridge was finished in 1894 under the watchful eye of Britain's now second-longest reigning monarch (Queen Victoria). Its magical structure juxtaposed with an urban backdrop lends it an almost fairytale-like aspect.

  • Kapellbrücke - Lucerne, Switzerland
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    Kapellbrücke - Lucerne, Switzerland

    This unique medieval bridge was constructed in 1333 as part of the city's defences. Although severely damaged by a fire in 1993, the bridge still contains a number of paintings depicting the city's long history. Since restored, it is the world's oldest truss bridge and Europe's oldest covered wooden bridge.

  • Viaduc de Millau - Millau, France
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    Viaduc de Millau - Millau, France

    Designed by Norman Foster, the Millau viaduct is the tallest bridge in the world. Its mast reaches up to 343 metres above the base of the structure. It cost around £350m to build and was opened to the public in 2004 joining a staggering portfolio for the groundbreaking architect.

  • Ponte di Rialto - Venice, Italy
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    Ponte di Rialto - Venice, Italy

    The oldest of the four bridges crossing the Grand Canal in Venice, the Ponte di Rialto is a single span bridge with no support in the middle. In fact, at the time of completion, it was forecast to collapse in no time at all. Designed by the aptly name Antonio da Ponte in 1588, it divides the districts of San Marco and San Polo.

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Bridges are not simply links between two places, they are links to an historic and architectural past. These staggering constructions are both feats of engineering and genuine works of art. In many cases, bridges have become an iconic part of a city: created for man they become emotive structures distinct for their individuality, beauty and history.

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Alex Walker
Posted on 13/02/2018 226 shares
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