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Wonderful bridges around the world

Wonderful bridges around the world. Pont du Gard, France

Wonderful bridges around the world. Pont du Gard, France


There are a lot of bridges all over the world. Travel on land is easier, safer, and more direct with bridges. Footbridges allow people to cross roads, rivers, and railroads safely.
The first bridges were made by placing tree trunks across rivers. Later, people made rope bridges by weaving plants together and built stone bridges with strong arches. Today bridges are built with concrete and other strong, modern materials instead of natural materials.
The Akashi-kaikyo bridge in Japan, has the longest single span of any bridge. The central span is 1,991 m long.
There are various ways of building bridges. Most of them rest on solid supports. Pontoon bridges float on the surface of the water.

Bridges that carry water are called aqueducts. The romans built many aqueducts with high stone arches, several of which survive today.
Suspension bridges can span the longest distances because they are lightweight.
The Dutch are very proud of Moses Bridge, which is almost invisible.
Storseisundet Bridge in Norway was opened on July 7, 1989. It is only 260 meters long. Storseisundet Bridge is one of the eight bridges of the Atlantic road, a two-lane road connecting small islands to the northern coast of the Atlantic Ocean. This bizarre structure is called “crooked bridge”, and even “a bridge to nowhere”. Well, the last name does not correspond to the truth: this bridge connects the mainland of Norway with the island of Avera.
Flood of 1342 destroyed Charles Bridge’s 500-meter stone predecessor, which was considered the longest in Europe. For Prague, this was a real catastrophe. And the King of Bohemia Charles IV ordered to build a new bridge that could withstand the most severe flood. There are 30 statues on the bridge that depict various saints and they were made in the eighteenth century.
The Amazon is not crossed by any bridge. Only in 2010 a bridge across one of its tributaries, Rio Negro, was built.
The pedestrian bridge Ponte Vecchio is one of the most famous in the world. It was built in 1345 in Florence. It is a unique monument of architecture, almost unchanged since the XIV century.
From time immemorial the bridges were especially revered by people. Many peoples considered them to be a place where unknown spirits ruled. After all, the bridge is a border area – a transition from one coast to another, and even between the earth and the sky. In addition, it is believed that bridges open portals to other worlds from time to time.
More and more often, newlyweds go to bridges on their wedding day to hang locks on their railing and thereby strengthen their marriage for many years.

Wonderful bridges around the world