Bridges truly are a feat of engineering and human innovation. We have been constructing bridges as a means of getting from one place to another, over any number of obstacles, for many decades now. From the humble log positioned over a stream, to the grandiose welding, steelwork and mighty cranes involved in today’s bridges, there is no doubt that humans just wouldn’t be where we are today without them.
Literally. There are so many beautiful bridges in this world that it is hard to narrow it down to the ultimate crème de la crème. However, there are some bridges that stand out as the most elite, the most impressive structures: the most beautiful bridges in the world.
To begin, let’s look at our very own Sydney Harbour Bridge. Any tourist would be able to recognise it as it is one of our most photographed landmarks, and rightly so. It is the world’s largest steel arch bridge and took eight years to build, first opening in March 1932. Incredibly, because steel contracts or expands depending on what temperature it is, the bridge is not completely stationary and can rise or fall up to 18cm!
Stari Most (“The Old Bridge”) is located in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Hersegovina. This bridge stood for 427 years before it was destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian War. It was then rebuilt after it’s destruction and reopened in 2004. This construction’s resilience and deep history makes it a truly remarkable object of study. In the Iranian city of Isfahan, Si-o-se Pol, or ‘The Bridge of 33 Arches’, stands grandly at 295 metres long and 13.75 metres wide. It is solely constructed from humble sticks and stones, and was commissioned in 1602 by Shah Abbas I, making it yet another bridge that is rich with historical significance.
Spanning mightily across the Akashi Strait in Japan, the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge took almost 12 years to build. Also known as the Pearl Bridge, it is the longest suspension bridge in the world, stretching across the Strait and connecting Kobe on Japanese mainland to Iwaya on Awayi Island.