Most Iconic Bridges in the World
1. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, United States
The Golden Gate is a suspension bridge between San Francisco, California & Marin County across the Golden Gate Strait & is 2.7 km long. It took 7 years to complete this project. The bridge opened to the public on 27th May 1937. The official colour of the bridge is vermillion orange as it complements the surroundings & increases its visibility in fog. The Golden Gate Bridge is the second-most used suicide bridge in the world. The total estimated number of suicides is 15,000.
2. Tower Bridge, London, England
Tower Bridge is a combined bascule & suspension bridge in London and is commonly known as London Bridge. The bascules are raised around 1000 times a year. It is built across river Thames and is an iconic place in London. It is 244m long & 65m high. The construction started in 1886 and took 432 workers & 8 years to complete. It was officially opened on 30th June 1984 by the then Prince of Wales, King Edward VII along with his wife.
3. Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore across the Sydney Harbour. It is situated near the Sydney Opera House and is 1.149 km long. It carries rail, vehicular, pedestrian & bicycle traffic & consists of 8 lanes. Its construction started on 28 July 1923 & was opened on 19 March 1932. The east-facing side of the bridge has been used several times since as a framework from which to hang static fireworks, especially during the elaborate New Year’s Eve displays.
4. Brooklyn Bridge, New York, United States
The Brooklyn Bridge is a cable-stayed/ suspension bridge in the New York City & is one of the oldest suspension bridge in the U.S.! The 6 lane bridge connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn across the East River. It is .4863km long and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge ever constructed.
5. Akashi Kaikyō Bridge, Japan
The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan is the longest suspension bridge in the world!! Commonly known as Pearl Bridge, it connects the city of Kobe of Honshu to Iwaya of Awaji Islands across the Akashi Strait. It has 6 lanes of roadway and 4 emergency lanes & is 3.911 km long! Its construction started in 1988 took 10 years to complete. It was officially inaugurated by the Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan and his wife.
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