10 BEST BRIDGES

Best Bridges

  1. With over 100 moving parts, The Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia is the world's largest (but not the longest) steel arch bridge. This 75-year old bridge was once the epitome of modern bridge design and engineering. For more information visit seesydney.com. (Photo: Hamilton Lund/Tourism New South Wales)
  2. When it was built in 1937, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge was the largest suspension bridge. With its unique art deco theme, a predominant decorative style of the 1920s and 1930s, it is not a sight to be missed. For additional information, go to goldengatebridge.org. (Photo: E. Atlas on behalf of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District)
  3. Ireland's Ha'Penny Bridge was originally erected in Dublin in 1816 as the Wellington Bridge. Its fun moniker, ha'penny, originated from the halfpenny toll in place until 1919. This cast-iron pedestrian bridge crosses over River Liffey. Visit visitdublin.com for more information. (Photo: Visit Dublin)
  4. The Charles Bridge in Prague is a Gothic-style construction commissioned by King Charles IV in 1357. Today the bridge acts as the main walking route between the Old Town with Mala Strana and then on to the Prague Castle. Go to myczechrepublic.com to learn more. (Photo: Jeff Shanberg /MyCzechRepublic)
  5. Architect Antonio da Ponte (Anthony of the Bridge), completed the Rialto Bridge in the San Polo district of Venice in 1591. The bridge, consisting of two sloped ramps leading up to a central portico, was the only passage across the Grand Canal for more than two centuries. Visit enit.it to learn more. (Photo: ItalyGuides.it)
  6. Ponte Vecchio, which means old bridge in Italian, is the oldest of Florence's still extant bridges and the first segmental arch bridge in the West. It extends across River Arno, and its portico is home to many shops and jewelers. Learn more at enit.it. (Photo: ItalyGuides.it)
  7. Completed in 1998, Japan's Akashi-Kaikyo bridge, connecting Kobe with Awaji Island, is the world's longest suspension bridge at approximately 2.5 miles--almost 150 percent the size of the Golden Gate Bridge. Each night, it's illuminated by seven color-changing lights. For more information visit jnto.go.jp. (Photo: JNTO)
  8. Located in the Florida Keys in Marathon, Fla., the Seven Mile Bridge is the world's longest segmental bridge. Learn more by clicking here: fla-keys.com/marathon and here. (Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)
  9. The Roman invaders of Gaul, or modern day France, built the Pont du Gard as an aqueduct in the first century A.D. Relics from the Paleolithic area or on display nearby. To learn about visiting the bridge, which is near Provence and Marseille, click here. (Photo: Pontdugard.fr)
  10. Considered by many to be the most influential bridge in American architectural history, the Brooklyn Bridge, designed by the Roebling father-and-son team, soars over New York City's East River. At the time of its 1870 opening, it was the largest suspension bridge at 6,016 feet, just over one mile. Visit nyc.gov to learn more. (Photo: Steve Speller/Bettmann-Corbis)

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