Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Amazing Bridges in The World 2017. Name the bridge, and chances are good that you could find something amazing about it. It doesn’t matter whether you want to include stone bridges, moving bridges, bridges that are global icons, and even those that for some reason or another, are just plain unusual. Regardless of the reason, this list is of the top 10 most unusual and amazing bridges in the world. How they earned that distinction is different for one from the others.
List of Top 10 Most Amazing Bridges in The World 2017
10. The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA
It would be hard, if not impossible to create a list of amazing bridges and not somehow, for some reason, include the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge connects San Francisco to Marin County and was once the longest bridge in the world at 4,200 feet. When it opened in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge was also the tallest suspension bridge in the world. The Golden Gate Bridge would maintain many of her records until the 1960s when larger and taller bridges would be built around the world. Whatever other bridges have been or will be built, the Golden Gate Bridge will always maintain its allure for everyone who sees it.
9. Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy
Ponte Vecchio has many distinctions, beginning with the fact that it was one of the only bridges to survive the bombing of World War II. It is also different from most bridges in the world by serving not only as a means of getting from one place to another but it also houses numerous shops and markets along its span. It is difficult to determine exactly when the construction of Ponte Vecchio started, but it was sometime in the Roman era. As time went on, however, additional stories of the bridge were added to reinforce the structure and to add room for more merchants.
8. Magdeburg Water Bridge, Magdeburg, Germany
Building a bridge that would allow transportation over water is nothing new. In fact, that’s the primary reason for most bridges, but in the case of the Magdeburg Water Bridge, the structure allows a second level of water transportation to cross the first. The Magdeburg Water Bridge crosses the Elbe River, as well as connecting the Elbe-Havel Canal and the Mittellandkanal. The bridge also holds the distinction of being the longest navigable aqueduct in the world, at more than 3,000 feet long.
7. Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Harbour Bridge looks like a coathanger, thus being called “The Coathanger,” but despite its apparent simplicity, the bridge is amazingly complex. It took eight years to build the structure, opening in 1932. It was assembled with more than six million hand-driven rivets. Due to the heat the bridge would endure in the Sydney sunlight, it was constructed with hinges that would handle the contracting and expansion. Until 2012, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was the longest in the world at 3,700 feet. It stands 440 feet above the water.
When most bridges open to whatever traffic is below them, they open in the middle like most moveable bridges. In the case of the Scale Lane Footbridge in Hull, England, their approach is considerably different. It’s shaped like a giant apostrophe, with the bridge being able to swing on a pivot point on so side, allowing boat traffic to pass under it when it is moved. This is one of the Top 10 Most Amazing Bridges in The World 2017.
5. Millau Viaduct, France
When it first opened in 2004, the Millau Viaduct was the tallest in the world at 1,125 feet. In fact, it often rises above the clouds when the weather is right. The Millau Viaduct is designed to use seven pillars and links the Tarn River Valley. This amazing bridge was created in less than three years by constructing the pillars first, then the roadway, which was slid into place on top of the towers.
4. Brooklyn Bridge, New York City
It might have been P.T. Barnum’s parade of 21 elephants over the Brooklyn Bridge in 1884 that cemented its popularity, but from the day it opened in 1883 it was a masterpiece designed to connect Brooklyn with Manhattan. It might not still be the architectural marvel that it once was, but the 5,434, 15-.5-inch diameter steel cables, combined with the limestone, granite, and cement towers, is a sight to behold.
3. Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan
The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is the largest suspension bridge in the world at 12,800 feet long. Constructed of 190,000 miles of steel wire, it took 12 years to build. It opened in 1998. The most remarkable aspect of the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, however, is that not only does it give access over the Akashi Strait, but it is also built to withstand earthquakes, strong sea currents, and high winds.
2. Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy
Almost as amazing as this bridge is, the Rialto Bridge is known as much for the competition who took part to design it. Built in the 15th century to cross the Grand Canals of Venice, even Michelangelo submitted a design to be entered into the competition. The final bridge is 24 feet high and 75 feet wide, and allows ships to pass underneath. There are even shops that line the top of the structure.
1. Bay Bridge, San Francisco, California
As if San Francisco isn’t lucky enough to have one bridge on this listing of the top 10 most amazing bridges in the world, it actually has two, the second being the Bay Bridge, which spans the San Francisco Bay, from the city to Oakland. The bridge was built as a project to replace a seismologically unstable bridge. the project cost more than $6.4 billion.
These are the Top 10 Most Amazing Bridges in The World 2017. What is it about bridges that most people find so amazing? Perhaps it’s the size or the fact that so often bridges seem to be so delicate of structures to hold such amazing loads. Whatever it is, wherever it might be located, bridges seem to outdo each other. Every time one is built, the next one appears to be even more amazing and beautiful. Fortunately, as long as there are builders with imaginations, this will no doubt continue to be the case.