In my first part of “the most amazing bridges” I listed 6 Bridges I thought were pretty amazing. Most of them were bridges in Europe. This second part, without intention, I cover 6 of some pretty amazing bridges in Asia, Brazil and Iran. If you think there are any bridges that should be on this list, let me know in the comments and i’ll add another post in the future. Cheerios.
Named after the Brazilian media mogul Octavio Frias de Oliveira, the cable-stayed bridge spans the Pinheiros River in SÃ£o Paulo and was opened to the public in May 2008. The bridge has a total length of only 900 meets and a height of just 138 meters. It has a unique design with two curved decks, crossing each other through X-shaped support towers. It is the only bridge in the world that has two curved tracks supported by a single concrete mast.
The bridge is illuminated on special occasions during the year and is especially beautiful on Christmas, when it resembles a Christmas tree.
The bridge has a unique wave-form made up of seven undulating curved steel â€œribsâ€ that alternately rise over and under its deck. The curved â€œribsâ€ form alcoves which function as shelters with seats inside.
It has a height of 36 meters from the road surface and 12 storeys and is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. The total length of the Henderson Waves Bridge is 300 meters and connects the park at Mount Faber and Telok Blangah Hill. You can enjoy amazing views of the harbour and the city and at night the wave-forms are lit, giving the bridge an illuminative glow.
The Banpo Bridge crosses the Han River in Seoul, connecting the Seocho and Yongsan districts. It has had a massive facelift in 2008: 10,000 tubes that ran on both edges. It is the worldâ€™s longest and first large-scale water fountain from a bridge. Using the water from the Han River the fountain bridge fires 190 tons of water per minute. The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain hast 10.000 LED lights can be illuminated in a variety of attractive colours and the jets of water â€œdanceâ€ to music.
The Hangzhou Bay Bridge in China is the longest Cross-Sea Bridge in the world, with a length of 22 miles and a 6 lane highway in both directions. It is slightly shorter than the 24 miles long Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge in Louisiana, in the USA.
There are 2 main spans in the bridge, a 1,470 foot long northern span and a shorter 1,040 southern span.
The Hangzhou Bay Bridge cost US$1.7 billion to construct and connects Jiaxing city near Shanghai to the port city of Ningbo in the eastern province of Zhejiang, reducing journey time from 4 hourse to 2.5 hours.
Located in the Isfahan province, in Iran, the Khaju bridge was built in the 17th century by Shah Abbas II. It serves many functions: Besides having a beautiful golden look during the night it connects the banks of the Zayandeh river, it serves as a dam that separates two portions of the river with different water levels. When the gates are closed the water level behind the bridge is raised to irrigate gardens alongside the Zayandeh River. It is also an excellent place for leisure, as it has two large pavilions, called the Prince Parlors that were originally reserved for the Shah, and steps over the water.
The Wind and Rain Bridge in Diping is the largest of its kind in the province of Guizhou where the largest Dong community in China is settled and can be taken as a symbol of the Dong ethnic architecture.
The complete bridge is around 64 meters long, 3.4 meters wide and 10.6 meters high and was originally built in 1894 during the Qing Dynasty (100 years ago). After the original structure burnt down in 1959, the bridge was rebuilt and completed by 1964
Main materials used to build the Wind and Rain Bridge are wood and stone consisting of pillars, purlin and baluster in various sizes and shapes. The Body of the bridge is divided into three parts, the largest is the shape of a traditional Chinese drum tower in the middle. It has two platforms (at the two ends of the bridge), 3 piers, and 4 spans, 5 pavilions, 19 verandas, and three floors. The most amazing thing in the construction of this bridge is that no single nail or rivet was used in the construction of the entire bridge.
The Wind and Rain Bridge is called so because the bridge not only let people cross the river, but it also gave them shelter from the elements.
Of course there are thousands of bridges in the world and each one being the best or the most beautiful or the longest or the craziest. Let us know if you have been to any of these bridges or let us know your favourite bridge in the comments.
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