1. The Helix Bridge, Marina Bay, Singapore
The bridge is lit by LED lights and its unique design is meant to represent Singapore as Asia’s “Connected City.”
2. Palladian Bridge at Prior Park, Bath, Somerset, U.K.
This Palladian-style bridge in Prior Park is only one of four left with this design that can be crossed.
3. The Living Root Bridges, Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, India
The War-Khasis, a tribe in Meghalaya, are responsible for building these bridges. Some may be be over 500 years old!
4. Henderson Waves Bridge, Mount Faber Park, Singapore
This pedestrian bridge is the tallest in Singapore, standing at 118 feet.
5. Puente Nuevo, Ronda, Spain
Construction on the bridge began in 1751 and wasn’t completed until 42 years later, during which 50 workers lost their lives building it.
6. Clifton Suspension Bridge, Clifton, Bristol, U.K.
The Latin phrase “Suspensa Vix Via Fit” is inscribed on the Leigh Woods pier on one end of the bridge; freely translated it means “a suspended way made with difficulty.”
7. Si-o-se Pol, Isfahan, Iran
The name translated means “Bridge of 33 Arches” and is home to a famous tea house on one end.
8. Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge, Liouzhou, Guangxi, China
According to legend, there once was a couple walking across when the wife was swept away by a crab spirit. The husband’s cries moved a river-dwelling flower dragon and the dragon caught the spirit and reunited the couple. Hence, this bridge has been a rendezvous for lovers.
Often mistakenly called “London Bridge,” the Tower Bridge actually takes its name from the Tower of London nearby.
10. Pont du Gard, Vers-Pont-du-Gard, Gard, France
The aqueduct was built in the first century A.D. by the Romans and stands on three levels at almost 50 meters high.
11. Rialto Bridge, Venice
Originally a wooden bridge stood in its place, but due to collapses and constant upkeep needs, one made out of stone was built.
12. Pont Alexandre III Bridge, Paris
The famous bridge is named for Tsar Alexander III, who signed the Franco-Russian Alliance. His son, Nicholas II, laid the foundation stone in 1896.
13. Kintai Bridge, Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
The bridge was built by the third Iwakuni lord, Kikkawa Hiroyoshi, in 1673.
14. Ponte Vecchio, Florence
This Medieval bridge first appeared on record in 996 A.D. and is lined with shops and merchants.
15. Millau Viaduct, Millau-Creissels, France
Construction began in 2001 and it cost 394 million euros to build. It was financed by the same group that built the Eiffel Tower.
16. Stari Most, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The original bridge, destroyed in 1993 by Croat forces, had been designed by Mimar Hayreddin. He’d been ordered to construct this bridge with unprecedented dimensions, and he would’ve been executed if he’d failed. On the day the scaffolding was to be removed, Hayreddin had his funeral planned — just in case.
17. Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest
Designed by English engineer William Tierney Clark, the Chain Bridge is the first to connect the Buda and Pest parts of the city.
18. New River Gorge Bridge, Fayetteville, W.Va, U.S.
Every third Saturday of October, the Fayette County of Commerce hosts a festival called Bridge Day, during which the bridge is open to pedestrians and a series of extreme sports, including BASE jumping.
19. Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
The Sydney Harbour Bridge has the distinction of being the world’s largest (but not longest) steel arch bridge, standing at 134 meters above the water.
20. Langkawi Sky Bridge, Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia
This pedestrian bridge is located at 2,300 feet about sea level and is accessible by cable car only.
21. Shinkyo, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
The translation of the name is “Sacred Bridge” or “God Bridge,” and it stands at the entrance of Nikko’s shrines and temples.
22. Las Lajas Sanctuary, Ipiales, Nariño, Colombia
Las Lajas bridge provides access to the chapel and hangs over a gorge, but the spot was chosen because many a miracle allegedly took place here — including giving sight to a blind man and the manifestation of Virgin Mary.
23. Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
This bridge is the world’s only solar-paneled pedestrian bridge, and the design is meant to convey Brisbane’s place in technology, science, and art.
24. Château de Chenonceau, Chenonceaux, Loire Valley, France
This once royal residence is a castle built over the River Cher, and is also known as the “Château des Dames” for the famous women of history who have loved, protected, and expanded it.
25. Rama VIII Bridge, Bangkok
Named after King Ananda Mahido, the bridge is asymmetrical, as it has only one vast tower and is suspended with cables.
26. Peace Bridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
This pedestrian bridge opened for public use in 2012 and is designed to withstand Calgary’s one-in-100-year flood cycle.
27. Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.
It’s known as the world’s first and only tilting bridge, and the two curves pivot in order to allow ships to pass beneath.
28. St. Johns Bridge, Portland, Ore., U.S.
Nicknamed the “Grand Lady of Portland,” this bridge was designed in 1928 in the Gothic style.
29. Guangji Bridge, Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, China
The bridge has 24 pavilions and once featured a cast-iron cow at each end, added as auspicious figures to prevent flooding. Only one cow remains; the other was likely swept away in a flood.
The Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain is the world’s longest bridge fountain and is synchronized to music, set to go off about three times a day for 15-minute intervals.
31. Ponte Juscelino Kubitschek, Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil
Named after a former president, this bridge was designed by Alexandre Chan, who said he avoided straight lines on the deck in order to showcase Brasilia’s stunning sunsets.
32. Rakotz Bridge, Kromlau, Germany
Situated in Kromlauer Park, the Rakotz Bridge is also known as the Devil’s Bridge, built in 1860 with some rather curious rock constructions on each side.
33. Pont de Singe, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, U.K.
Suspended in mid-air by three helium balloons, the bridge (which translates to “Monkey Bridge”), claimed artist Olivier Grossetête, could hold the weight of one human. The installation, however, remained off-limits to pedestrians during its exhibition at the 2012 Tatton Park Biennial.
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