We have come a long way in bridge building since crossing a river on a fallen log. The first bridges were built with wooden planks, ropes and stones. Political fortunes and wars have been made or lost by bridges. Throughout history, bridges had been built by engineers and burned by warriors, and crossed by kings and commoners alike.
Here I have compiled some of the most beautiful bridges around the globe. I might miss some. So your comments will help.
The Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran, was built in the 17th century by Shah Abbas II. The bridge also serves as a dam, with sluice gates under the archways.
Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard, an aqueduct spanning the Gard River in southern France, is a masterpiece of Roman engineering.
Bridge of Sighs
In the 19th century, Lord Byron named a Venetian limestone bridge across the Rio di Palazzo connecting the Doge’s prison to the interrogation room in the main palace.
Iron Bridge on Severn River is in Shropshire, England. It’s the first bridge made completely out of cast iron.
The West Montrose Covered Bridge on the Grand River, Ontario, Canada. It’s known locally as the Kissing Bridge.
The Ponte Vecchio is a medieval bridge over the Arno River. Actually, it’s much more than a bridge. It’s a street, a marketplace, and a landmark of Florence, Italy.
The Wind and Rain Bridge
The wind and rain bridges were a type of bridge built by the Dong people in China. They are called “wind and rain” bridges because the covered bridges not only let people cross the river, but also protect them from the elements.
Brooklyn Bridge is one of the main crossings of the East River and one of the most heavily trafficked bridges in the world. One interesting note about the Brooklyn Bridge: it stood fast while other bridges built around the same time had crumbled.
Tower Bridge in London, England was built in 19th century. The design is a bascule bridge with two towers built on piers, so the bridge wouldn’t interfere with the port facilities nearby.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is such an iconic symbol of San Francisco that it’s hard to imagine a time when it didn’t exist. But before it was built, most people thought it was an impossible task.
Author Ahsan Mukhtar