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Bridges are marvels of engineering. They have been playing a key role in the development of relations, trade, and commerce between different nations and regions, and have always remained true to their name - bridging the gaps wherever required.

Aesthetic to the eye, some bridges attract millions of tourists; others serve as trade routes; yet others stand as symbols of rich history and tradition, while many make inaccessible regions of Earth, accessible.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
golden gate bridge
San Francisco, U.S.A.
Opened: May 27, 1937
Length: 2,737.4 m
Material: Steel
Designed by: J. Strauss, I. Morrow, C. Ellis
BROOKLYN BRIDGE
brooklyn bridge
New York City, U.S.A.
Opened: May 24, 1883
Length: 1,825 m
Material: Limestone, Granite, Rosendale Cement
Designed by: John Augustus Roebling
TOWER BRIDGE
tower bridge
London, England
Opened: June 30, 1894
Length: 244 m
Material: Concrete, Steel, Granite, Portland Stone
Designed by: Sir Horace Jones, Sir John Wolfe Barry
SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE
sydney harbor bridge
Sydney, Australia
Opened: March 19, 1932
Length: 1,149 m
Material: Steel
Designed by: Dorman Long and Co. Ltd.
MILLAU VIADUCT
millau viaduct
Millau-Creissels, France
Opened: December 16, 2004
Length: 2,460 m
Material: Steel, Concrete
Designed by: Michel Virlogeux, Norman Foster
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE
Bosporus bridge
Istanbul, Turkey
Opened: October 30, 1973
Length: 1,560 m
Material: Steel
Designed by: Sir Gilbert Roberts, William Brown
PONTE SANT'ANGELO
Ponte Sant'angelo bridge
Rome, Italy
Opened: 134 AD
Length: 130 m
Material: Stone
Designed by: Demetriano
BANPO BRIDGE
Banpo bridge
Seoul, South Korea
Opened: June 25, 1982
Length: 1,495 m
Material: Concrete
Designed by: Seoul Metropolitan Infrastructure HQ.
AKASHI KAIKYŌ BRIDGE
AKASHI KAIKYO BRIDGE
Awaji Island/Kobe, Japan
Opened: April 5, 1998
Length: 3,911 m
Material: Steel, Concrete
Designed by: Satoshi Kashima
PONTE VECCHIO
ponte vecchio
Florence, Italy
Opened: 1345
Length: 90 m
Material: Stone
Designed by: Taddeo Gaddi
GATESHEAD MILLENNIUM BRIDGE
GATESHEAD MILLENNIUM BRIDGE
Gateshead, England
Opened: September 17, 2001
Length: 126 m
Material: Steel
Designed by: Keith Brownlie
WESTMINSTER BRIDGE
WESTMINSTER BRIDGE
London, England
Opened: May 24, 1862
Length: 252 m
Material: Cast Iron, Granite
Designed by: Thomas Page, Charles Barry
RIALTO BRIDGE
rialto bridge
Venice, Italy
Opened: 1591
Length: 48 m
Material: Stone
Designed by: Antonio da Ponte
RICHMOND-SAN RAFAEL BRIDGE
richmond san rafael
San Rafael, U.S.A.
Opened: September 1, 1956
Length: 8,851.3 m
Material: Concrete, Steel
Designed by: N.A.
PUENTE DEL ALAMILLO
puente de alamillo bridge
Seville, Spain
Opened: 1992
Length: 250 m
Material: Steel
Designed by: Santiago Calatrava
ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE
royal gorge bridge
Cañon City, Colorado, U.S.A
Opened: November, 1929
Length: 380 m
Material: Steel, Wood
Designed by: George F. Cole
ØRESUND BRIDGE
oersund bridge
Denmark/Sweden
Opened: July 1, 2000
Length: 7,845 m
Material: Concrete
Designed by: Klaus Falbe Hansen, Jorgen Nissen, N. Gimsing, G. Rotne
NANNING BRIDGE
nanning bridge
Guangxi, China
Opened: September 21, 2009
Length: 1050 m
Material: Concrete, Steel
Designed by: OPAC Consulting Engineers, Lin Tung-Yen China
CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE
capilano bridge
Vancouver, Canada
Opened: 1889
Length: 140 m
Material: Wire Cables, Hardwood Decking
Designed by: George Grant Mackay
RAINBOW BRIDGE
rainbow bridge
Tokyo, Japan
Opened: August 26, 1993
Length: 798 m
Material: Steel
Designed by: Kawasaki Heavy Industries
CONFEDERATION BRIDGE
confeederation bridge
Abegweit Passage, Canada
Opened: May 31, 1997
Length: 12,874.8 m
Material: Concrete
Designed by: Jean M. Muller
SZÉCHENYI CHAIN BRIDGE
chain bridge
Budapest, Hungary
Opened: November 20, 1849
Length: 375 m
Material: Wrought Iron, Stone
Designed by: William Tierney Clark
SUNNIBERG BRIDGE
sunniberg bridge
Klosters, Switzerland
Opened: 1998
Length: 526 m
Material: Concrete
Designed by: Christian Menn
POL-E-KHAJOO
pol-e-khajoo
Isfahan, Iran
Opened: 1650
Length: 105 m
Material: Stone
Designed by: Shah Abbas II
VASCO DA GAMA BRIDGE
vasco da gama bridge
Lisbon, Portugal
Opened: March 29, 1998
Length: 17,200 m
Material: Concrete
Designed by: Armando Rito Engineering
SERI WAWASAN BRIDGE
seri wawasan bridge
Putrajaya, Malaysia
Opened: April 16, 2003
Length: 240 m
Material: Concrete, Steel, Cable backstays
Designed by: Perbadanan Putrajaya
RIO GRANDE GORGE BRIDGE
ri grande gorge bridge
New Mexico, U.S.A.
Opened: September 10, 1965
Length: 388 m
Material: Steel
Designed by: Charles E. Reed, Herman Tachau
FORTH BRIDGE
forth bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland
Opened: March 4, 1890
Length: 2,528.7 m
Material: Steel
Designed by: Sir John Fowler, Sir Benjamin Baker
VERRAZANO-NARROWS BRIDGE
verrazano bridge
New York City, U.S.A.
Opened: November 21, 1964
Length: 4175.76 m
Material: Concrete, Steel
Designed by: Othmar Ammann
HA'PENNY BRIDGE
ha'penny bridge
Dublin, Ireland
Opened: May, 1816
Length: 43 m
Material: Cast Iron, Wood
Designed by: N.A.
Other Notable Mentions From Around the World
- Jiaozhou Bay Bridge: China
- Nanpu Bridge: China
- Charles Bridge: Czech Republic
- Tsing Ma Bridge: Hong Kong
- Howrah Bridge: India
- Te Rewa Rewa Bridge: New Zealand
- Helix Bridge: Singapore
- Nelson Mandela Bridge: South Africa
- Erasmusbrug: The Netherlands
- Bixby Creek Bridge: U.S.A.
- Hangzhou Bay Bridge: China
- Seven Mile Bridge: U.S.A.
- Khabarovsk Bridge: Russia
- Boyne River Bridge: Ireland
- New Little Belt Bridge: Denmark
- Donghai Bridge: China
- Mỹ Thuận Bridge: Vietnam
- Birchenough Bridge: Zimbabwe
- The Lewiston-Queenston Bridge: U.S.A.
- General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge: Venezuela
- Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge: Brazil
The construction of a bridge is interesting, but toilsome, and not to mention dangerous since it involves conquering and bringing under control the powerful forces of nature. As Jim West once rightly put it, "Bridges are metaphors for everything in life. The bridge is not just about getting back and forth between north and south. The bridge is about connecting our communities."