Viadict de Millau: The longest bridge in the world

The world's tallest bridge

Pont de Millau, Viaduc de Millau

The Millau Viaduct, le Viaduc de Millau in French, is a large bridge that traverses the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in south western France. It was designed by the civil engineer Michel Virlogeux. It is the tallest bridge in the world. It is slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 38 m, or 125 ft, shorter than the Empire State Building. The viaduct is part of the freeway from Paris to B├ęziers, autoroute A75. It was officially dedicated on December 14, 2004 and it was opened to cars two days later.

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The Obama Bridge Project
The Obama Bridge Project

Democrats Abroad at the Viaduc de Millau

This photo opportunity is part of a global campaign to show how support for Obama is worldwide. Obama supporters are being photographed at famous or scenic bridges around the world--as the bridge is the ideal symbol for his candidacy. Millau is both famous and scenic! We met there on Sunday, May 11th, 2008. The weather was beautiful and the people were varied and interesting. There is a Flickr group with a slideshow of over 75 photos. Click here to see the slideshow.

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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

love this pic and the links to the faux blogs--also loved the flickr slideshow. I think we Americans often forget that our presidential elections are important to everybody. I am always amazed at how interested the rest of the world is in them. As one German woman said to me in 2000--it affects us too, but we don't get to vote"


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francetales 8 years ago from Toulouse, France Author

The world seems to understand interconnectivity better than Americans do. I asked an American what the falling dollar meant to them and all they could come up with was that they wouldn't be traveling to Europe soon. I said, honestly though, what does it mean? They couldn't think of any reason it would affect them. *sigh*


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

I saw the bridge in the National Graphic Show, it was so beautiful how they constructed it from scratch. Love the second picture. You are right elections here impact the world.


Lake Pontchartrain 8 years ago

Try getting the facts straight, the title states this is the longest "Bridge" the article states it is the tallest. I don't know about the height but China has touted the longest bridge when they had a 20 mile bridge, now they claim a 22.3 mile stretch although they are nice looking bridges it just isn't true (I can post so many links it's ridiculous)...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Pontchartrain_Ca... in Metarie near New Orleans we have a bridge that is 23.87 miles.


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francetales 8 years ago from Toulouse, France Author

That was a typo I guess, I don't know where it came from. It is a little angry of a response by you. Is it really that enraging?


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Lilymag 8 years ago from Upstate New York

Great hub francetales! That bridge certainly looks long! Don't think I have seen one longer, but I am confused, is it the longest or the tallest?


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francetales 8 years ago from Toulouse, France Author

It is in fact the tallst bridge not the longest, I guess I should change it.

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