Visiting the Most Fantastic Bridges in the World

Bridge is a part of a region. The bridge begun to built by the a piece of simple wood, followed by dozens of rocks which is embedded above the river, between the bridge and the man clearly has a long historical side. The bridge has a function as connector between two places. Many of them are designed specifically for people or bicycles, others are designed for cars or trains, some the bridges are also made to connect between continents, while some of them more known for its history that can inspire many people.

Here's the most fantastic bridges in the world from the bridge expert, David J. Brown. We can see and passing through this bridge during our vacation in the countries where these bridges exist.

Singapore Helix Bridge (Singapore)

This was officially opened on 24 April 2010, but the entire bridge was opened on 18 July 2010. With the previous name was Double Helix Bridge. It was known as world's first double helix pedestrian bridge. With length of almost 1000 feet (the pedestrian bridge stretches 280 meters over the bay), Singapore Helix Bridge made specifically to connect the Youth Olympic Park to the Marina Bay Sand. This bridge crosses Singapore River, with the material used steel, fritted-glass and steel mesh canopies. The entire structure weighs about 1,700 tons, which is equivalent to about 1,130 saloon cars...wow...amazing. Singapore Helix Bridge project was the result from a joint partnership architectural firm, between Australian firm Cox Group, engineering firm Arup and Singapore-based Architects 61. Helix Bridge is the first bridge with the form like a double helix which is equipped with lights to show the unique structure. Singapore Helix Bridge was inspired by the helicoidal structure of DNA, includes a computer-controlled lighting system to set the mood. It was glowing at night and shows the beauty.

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Ponte Vecchio (Italy)

We can see this bridge during our vacation in Florence. This bridge crossing the Arno River and it is home to many residents and merchants in medieval times. The meaning of Ponte Vecchio is an old bridge. From the history believed that a bridge was first built in Roman times. It was built in stone but then newly destroyed by a flood in 1333. It was built again twelve years later. Ponte Vecchio itself has very long story. Ponte Vecchio is not just a bridge, but also roads, markets and a gathering place. It’s a beautiful icon of the city that never dies. According to the encyclopedia Brittanica bridge is recognized as the first arch bridge which consists of several segments, which was built in the west. You can find out more about Ponte Vecchio in my last hub with the title “Florence, the Most Beautiful City in Italy”

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Sundial Bridge, California

Even though this bridge located in United States, Sundial Bridge was a beautiful work from a Spanish architect named Santiago Calatrava. Santiago Calatrava itself came from Zurich and he has a lot of experience in build bridges, rail terminals, airports, stadiums, and other structures around the world. Sundial Bridge located at Turtle Bay crosses the Sacramento River in the heart of Redding, California. This bridge was opened to the public on July 4, 2004. The bridge links the north and south campuses of Turtle Bay Exploration Park. The bridge dimensions are about 700 feet long, 23 feet wide, and 217 feet high (pylon). Sundial Bridge has weight about 1,600 tons (3.2 million pounds). The material using steel structure with galvanized steel cables, including: 400 tons of steel, 200 tons of glass and granite for the deck Cables, 4,342 feet of cable. This bridge is devoted to the pedestrians and cyclists. Floor bridge was made of glass really enhance public as the appreciation for the river.

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Da Vinci Bridge (Norway)

This bridge was originally designed in 1520 by the great artist Leonardo da Vinci to reach the 'Golden Horn', a famous canal in Istanbul that separates Europe and Asia. Leonardo da Vinci proposed a sweeping stone arch to cross the Golden Horn at Istanbul. But because the Turkish Empire was not sure with the power of this design, and then failed to build bridges. It means this bridge was never built. But steel version and wood laminating made based on the original design of the artists could eventually be realized in As, near Oslo, Norway, by a contemporary artist named Vebjorn Sand. With smaller scale reimagining of a 240 m span Leonardo bridge project. The bridge serves as a pedestrian crossing over European route E18 in Ås, Norway. This bridge was completed in 2001.

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Millau Viaduct (France)

This bridge was opened on the 14th December 2004, replaces the bridge crossing the River Tarn in the centre of the town of Millau. This bridge was culminating at 343 metres (higher than the Eiffel tower) and 2460 metres long and touching the bottom of the Tarn valley in only 9 places. With a height of almost exceeds the Eifel tower, the bridge was built by the same company who built the monument to the French. Millau Viaduct, designed by architect named Sir Norman Foster and built by engineer Michel Vorlogeux. The construction itself takes three years before it was finally completed in 2004. From the pictures we can see how high this bridge and the cloud surrounded this bridge. There’s a permanent visitor’s centre near the bridge with stunning views of the bridge and across the valley which it spans. I thought there are many reviews about this bridge on HubPages. So, I just share a piece of the beauty of Millau Viaduct.

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leroy64 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

Cool. The bridges were interesting.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

These bridges are so beautiful that they are works of art as well as engineering. Thanks for collecting photographs of these unique bridges from all over the world. Your hub was interesting, beautiful and useful. voted up!


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

I love your hubs. These bridges are amazing and so interesting to read about and see the images! Thanks for always providing us with such incredible, interesting hubs!


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

The bridges all look very enticing to visit. Although I have seen the one in florence as my sister lives there.


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lifeisabeach 5 years ago

Hi, must be a great hobby to travel around visiting bridges! Love your hub!


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear Prasetio,

As usual, you have brought us a fascinating hub about bridges. I am in awe looking at the pictures. I had no idea how many creative bridges there are. I would think that the person who created them was so intelligent. It is no small task for sure. Who would have thought that Da Vinci drew the plans for a bridge? Not only a painter but also an architect. Amazing! Thank you for sharing such an insightful hub...

Sunnie


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Bridges are amazing feats -- just like your hubs! I love the symbolism of connection and linking together. Thanks for a dazzling experience.


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jacobkuttyta 5 years ago from Delhi, India

Very nice photos. Thanks for the collection.

Keep up the good work

Voted up and beautiful


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kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

Awesome hub! Your pics are so beautiful!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, leroy64. Welcome to this hub. I am glad you love this information. Take care! ~prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Stephanie. Thanks for coming, leave nice comment and share your appreciation to these bridges. Good to see you here. ~prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, rebekahELLE. Good to see you again. I am glad you love this information. I hope you always entertained with all my hubs. Cheers...

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, writer20 for coming this hub. I am glad your sister live in Florence as one of the most beautiful city in Italy. God bless you!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, lifeisabeach for dropping by. Of course, this must be a wonderful tour to see one of these bridges. I hope you enjoy this information. Cheers....


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Sunnie Day. Thank you so much for your attention to these bridges. I thought these are a little part of many beautiful fantastic bridges out there. I have the same idea with you about Leonardo Da Vinci work. He was very talented person and he has been recognized by the world. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Truckstop Sally. That's why we need bridge as something useful to support transportation between two region which were separated by the river. Hopefully you enjoy this information. ~prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, jacobkuttyta for coming and share your opinion about these bridges. I really love your vote. Take care!

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, kerlynb. Thanks for your attention to this hub. I hope you entertained with this information. ~prasetio


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Very interesting Pras! My mom just got back from Italy - I'll have to ask if she saw that bridge. Very interesting and beautiful photos!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Something aesthetically pleasing about brides.These are certainly unusual ones.voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

These bridges you have shown us, Pras, are testaments to the creativity and imagination of their architects. Thanks for your research and the magnificent photos. The only bridge you mentioned that I have visited is the Pontevecchio in Florence and it IS amazing - beautiful, majestic and a shopping mecca to boot. Who could ask for anything more? :)


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rsusan 5 years ago from South Africa

Another amazing job, prasetio! This is just a breathtaking display of human creativity and imagination. Truly works of art. A bridge is definitely not just a bridge!


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love the photos and the bridges are truly fantastic and artistic. If you ever do a hub on the ugliest bridges in the world, check out my city, Atlanta GA!


"Quill Again" 5 years ago

Great hub as always... great idea you had about bridges... Thank you

Blessings


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Fascinating facts and photos once again, Prasetio. A bridge with a floor made of glass sounds like an interesting concept! I think that the Singapore Helix Bridge is beautiful, especially when it's lit up.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Another awesome hub my friend. The pictures are spectacular.

Voted up and awesome.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is another GREAT tour. You take us places i would never get to see if not for you..Thank you my friend...


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You have shown us some beautiful bridges here, truly works of art. had no idea Da Vinci had ever designed a bridge.

Wonderful photos Thank you for sharing, we would never get to see these things if it were not for you. You enrich our lives with these hubs

Voted up all the way


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Wow, fascinating hub. I love how many photos you've included!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

I am blown away. What great wonders. I can't believe the designs. Remarkable. Voted up.


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anglnwu 5 years ago

I'm so proud you listed the Helix 'cos I'm from Singapore. However, I've yet to see the bridge since I haven't been back. I always wonder how you manage to find such interesting subjects--great hub and rating it up.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Prasetio, wow, what an amazing article!

I absolutely loved it, I was completely absorbed in your information and photos, thank you for sharing and voting up everything. Best wishes MM


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Ohh another set of bridges!! these are not scary tho, exotic and awesome!!

carrie


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, RealHousewife. Thanks for coming and share about your mom from Italy. I thought she must definitely love her vacation. Cheers....


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, dahoglund. I am glad to see you here and your vote really appreciated. God bless you. ~prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear my friend, drbj. Wow...this is a good news from me that you've visited Ponte Vecchio in Florence. I believe you can forget this beautiful memory. I agree with you about we talk about creativity of people in making such of beautiful bridges. Thank you very much. Peace, Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, rsusan. Thank you so much for share your appreciation about amazing bridges. I love the architect who apply their idea become beautiful bridges and I thought many people love to visit these bridges during their vacation. Cheers...

Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Green Lotus. Nice to see you again. I had never know about the ugliest bridge before. Is it right that this bridge located in Atlanta? I'll check soon. Thanks for this information. Take care!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Quill. Thanks for your compliment to my hub. I hope you entertained with this information. ~prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Alicia. Thanks for dropping by and you love all the pictures here.. I have the same idea with you about Sundial Bridge in California. I hope I can see visit this bridge one day. Cheers... ~prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Sueswan. Thank you so much for your attention to this hub. I hope you entertained with all stunning pictures here. Take care! ~prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Ruby. I am glad presenting this hub special for you. I hope you enjoy this information. God bless you!

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Rosemay50. Thanks for share your beautiful comment about this hub. I am glad you love my work and I believe that I will give the best for the next hub. It's one of the benefit by writing on HubPages. We can share useful information by adding beautiful pictures as soul of writing. Anyway,I love your vote. Cheers....

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, randomcreative for coming. I am glad you love all stunning pictures here to complete all description about the most fascinating bridge in the world. ~prasetio


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Thanks, thelyricwriter for coming to this hub. I am glad you love this information. Your vote really appreciated. Take care!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, anglnwu. Thanks for coming and share that you came from Singapore. You can visit this bridge if you visit your hometown. Your vote always appreciated. Take care!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Movie Master. Thanks for share you your attention to this hub. I hope you always entertained with all my hubs, including this one. I'll always give the best to you. Cheers....


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, carriethomson for coming to this hub. These bridges different than my precious bridges which were so scary for us. These bridges so beautiful and fantastic. I hope you enjoy all pictures here. ~prasetio


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Absolutely Fantastic Hub on Bridges. I just love it. I [placed some bridge pictures in on of my hubs (nothing like what you have) and a fellow Hubber, Sueswan pointed me in your direction. So glad she did!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Welcome to my hub, phdast7. Thank you very much for coming and your appreciation to this information. I believe that your hub is beautiful as well. Please, never underestimate your work. I am so happy to see you here. I'll check you hub soon. Take care!

Prasetio

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