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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.
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”
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.
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.
Da Vinci Script
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.