Bridges are one of the human race’s most significant engineering accomplishments. Ever since we have been trying to cross rivers, lakes, gorges, mountains or any other natural feature, we have been using bridges to do so. Over the course of time however, bridges have gone from being simple practical artificial crossings to elaborate and massive architectural statements. Prepare yourself to see 25 of the world’s most impressive bridges!
These days, we have monumental bridges that span seas and oceans; soar above jungles and connect cities, countries and even continents. We have searched high and low to find some of the most outstanding bridges that have ever been built and are proud to show them to you. Some of them have been around for centuries and some are just a few years old but all of the bridges you are about to see are remarkable examples of bridge engineering. From the medieval Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence to the futuristic Helix Bridge in Singapore and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, check out 25 Of The World’s Most Impressive Bridges.
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Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy
Built over the Arno River in Florence, Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge noted for still having shops built along it, as it was once common. With a length of 30 meters (100 feet), it is the only bridge of its kind in Florence to survive the World War II bombing.
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe, Japan
Also known as the Pearl Bridge, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is a suspension bridge in Japan, which links the city of Kobe on the Japanese mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on the Awaji Island. Since its completion in 1998, the bridge has had the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world, at 1,991 m (6,532 ft).
Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
Built in the 14th century to replace the old Judith Bridge, the Charles Bridge is a massive sandstone bridge crossing the Vltava River in the heart of Prague. Decorated by 30 unique statues and statuaries, the bridge is a major tourist site and one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style constructions in the world.
Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Named after Octavio Frias de Oliveira, a prominent Brazilian businessman, the Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge is a large cable-stayed bridge built over the Pinheiros River in Sao Paolo. The bridge is 138 m (453 ft) tall, and connects Marginal Pinheiros to Jornalista Roberto Marinho Avenue in the south area of the city.
Pont du Gard, Vers Pont du Gard, France
Located near the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard, South France, the Pont du Gard bridge is an ancient Roman aqueduct that was built in the first century AD. Crossing the Gardon River, the bridge was added to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1985 because of its unique historical importance.