54 Most Famous Bridges In The World

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Bridges have been some of the most important structures in civilizations all over the world. They connect places that were difficult to reach before and open up a new world of possibilities for people living in those areas.

In this post, we have created the ultimate list of 54 famous bridges in the world, and we take a closer look at what makes them so unique and amazing.

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54 Famous Bridges – The Ultimate List

1. Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in the world. it was completed in 1883 and connects the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. It spans the East River.

At the time it was completed it was the longest suspension bridge in the world with a total length of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 meters). Since its opening, it has not only become a major tourist attraction but also an icon of the city.

Brooklyn Bridge

2. Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge spans the Golden Gate, a large bay near the city of San Francisco in California. The Bay is about 1 mile wide (1.6 kilometers) and the bridge is about 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) long.

It has been described as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world and remains one of the most recognizable bridges in the world. At the time it was completed in 1937 it was both the longest and tallest (746 feet 227 meters) suspension bridge in the world.

Golden Gate bridge

3. Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in London spanning the Rover Thames. it was officially opened in the year 1894 and is easily recognized by its two Gothic towers which were constructed to resemble the nearby Tower of London.

The two towers are connected with 2 walkways at the top. The bridge can be opened and closed with a bascule of which the engines are located at the base of the two towers.

Tower Bridge London

4. Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is the most famous bridge in Venice, Italy, and is the oldest of the 4 bridges spanning the Grand Canal, the main water-traffic corridor of the city.

The original bridge on its location was a pontoon bridge that dates back to the year 1173. The stone and arch bridge we see today was built between 1588 and 1591 and has the same design as the wooden bridge that predates it.

facts about the rialto bridge

5. Manhattan Bridge

The Manhattan Bridge is, similar to the Brooklyn Bridge, a suspension bridge that connects the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. It connects Manhattan at Canal Street with Downtown Brooklyn.

The bridge was constructed by Leon Moisseiff, a leading suspension bridge engineer in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s and it as one of his first major projects. The bridge opened for traffic on December 31, 1909, and has a total length of 6,855 feet (2,089 meters).

Manhattan Bridge
Manhattan Bridge / Dav5nyc / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

6. Ponte Vecchio

The Ponte Vecchio is a medieval bridge that spans the Arno River in the city of Florence, Italy. It’s world-famous because it’s one of the few bridges in the world that still has buildings on it, a feature that disappeared over the centuries mostly for security reasons.

The shops on it used to have all sorts of merchants as tenants but are now reserved for souvenir sellers, art dealers, and jewelers. The bridge spans the river at its narrowest point and dates back to the year 1218.

Ponte Vecchio

7. London Bridge

London Bridge is the oldest of all the bridges spanning the River Thames in the center of London. It is often confused with the more famous and decorated Tower Bridge. The Romans were the first to build a bridge on this location.

It has been reconstructed multiple times and the current bridge is a box and girder bridge that opened for traffic in the year 1973. It connects the City of London with Southwark.

London Bridge shard
London Bridge with The Shard in the background.

8. Sydney Harbor Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge that spans the Sydney Harbour. It connects the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore, a group of suburbs in the north of Sydney, Australia.

The bridge is one of the most famous landmarks of Sydney and the view of the harbour, the Bridge, and the Sydney Opera House is considered to be an iconic view of the city. It was based on the Tyne Bridge in the English city of Newcastle and was opened in the year 1932.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

9. Westminster Bridge

Westminster Bridge is another iconic road-and-foot-traffic bridge in the center of London. It spans the River Thames and connects Westminster on the west with Lambeth on the east.

It’s located near famous buildings such as the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye. It’s painted green to represent the seats in the House of Commons, which is nearest to the bridge.

interesting facts about westminster bridge

10. Hangzhou Bay Bridge

The Hangzhou Bay Bridge is an enormous highway bridge built around the Hangzhou Bay in the eastern coastal area of China. It has a total length of 35.7 kilometers (22.2 miles).

This long bridge has two big cable-stayed sections where it crosses parts of the bay. It connects the cities of Jiaxing and Ningbo in Zhejiang province. The bridge was constructed between June 8, 2003, and June 14, 2007. It was opened to the public on May 1, 2008.

Hangzhou bay bridge
Hangzhou Bay Bridge / Glabb / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

11. Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge is a footbridge in the center of London crossing the River Thames and connecting Bankside with the City of London. It’s a steel suspension that was constructed between 1998 and 2000.

After its official opening on June 10, 2000, it received the nickname the “Wobbly Bridge” as there was an unexpected structural issue. This caused the bridge to close just 2 days after its opening, only to open again on February 22, 2002, after dampers were added to solve the problem.

Millennium Bridge London

12. Mackinac Bridge

The Mackinac Bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac and connects the Upper and Lower peninsulas of the US state of Michigan. The suspension bridge was completed in the year 1957 even though the vision for the bridge dates back to the 1880s.

The bridge has a total length of 26,372 feet (8,038 meters) and it’s the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. The bridge is nicknamed the “Big Mac” or the “Mighty Mac.”

Mackinac Bridge Aerial view
Mackinac Bridge aerial view. / Source

13. Viaduc de Millau

The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge and crosses the Gorge valley of the Tarn near the town of Millau in the south of France. It as designed by French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and English architect Norman Foster.

The viaduct was completed in the year 2004 and it remains until today (June 2020) the tallest bridge in the world with a maximum height of 336.4 meters (1,104 feet). It’s considered to be one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time. The P2 pier is 23 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower and is the tallest structure in France.

Viaduc de Millau

14. Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that spans the river Vltava in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Its construction was commissioned by King Charles IV and started in 1357, only to be completed in 1402.

The bridge has a total length of 516 meters (1,693 feet) and is almost 10 meters wide. It was constructed as a bow bridge and has 16 arches and is protected by 3 guard towers.

Charles Bridge Prague

15. Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge

The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the Akashi Strait and connects the cities of Kobe, located on the main island of Honshu in Japan, with Iwaya on the Awaji Island.

The bridge has a total length of 12,831 feet (3,911 meters) and is the bridge with the longest central span in the world. The central span is a total of 6,532 feet (1,991 meters) long. The bridge was completed in 1998.

Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge

16. Through Arch Bridge

The Chaotianmen Bridge is a road and rail bridge that spans the Yangtze River in the city of Chongqing in China. It was constructed between December 2004 and April 30, 2009, and cost a total of 3.2 billion yuan to build.

Upon completion, the bridge took over the record as being the longest through arch bridge in the world, a record it still holds today. It has a total length of 1,741 meters (5,712 feet), a total width of 36.5 meters (120 feet), and a maximum height of 142 meters (466 feet). The bridge has 2 decks and the lower deck has the Chongqing Metro Loop Line running down the middle.

Through Arch bridge
Through Arch Bridge / Glabb / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

17. San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge

The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is better known as simply the “Bay Bridge” and spans San Francisco Bay in California, United States. It connects San Francisco and Oakland and is part of the Interstate 80. It has two decks and almost 300,000 vehicles cross it every day.

The toll bridge has a total length of 10,304 feet (3,141 meters) and a height of 526 feet (160 meters). It was built between 1933 and 1936 and has been added to the United States Register of Historic Places since August 13, 2001.

Bay Bridge Oakland

18. Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs is the smallest bridge in the entire list and has an infamous history. It’s located in the Italian city of Venice and spans the Rio Di Palazzo. It connects the New Prison with the interrogation rooms of the the Doge’s Palace.

The bridge is only 11 meters (36 feet) long and looking out if its windows was the last sight of Venice a convict would get before being locked up in prison. It was built between 1600 and 1603 and designed by Antonio Contino, the nephew of Antonio da Ponte, the man who designed the Rialto Bridge in Venice.

Bridge of sighs venice

19. Si O Se Pol Bridge

Si-o-se-pol is also known as the Allahverdi Khan Bridge and is located in Isfahan, Iran. It spans the river Zayanderud, the largest river of the Iranian Plateau. The bridge was constructed between 1599 and 1602.

The arch bridge consists of 33 spans and was built to serve a dual purpose as both a bridge and a dam. It has a total length of 297.76 meters (976.9 feet) and a width of 14.75 meters (48.4 feet). It is one of the most significant and famous examples of Iran’s Safavid architecture.

Si O Se Pol Bridge
Si O Se Pol Bridge / Source

20. Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard is located in the southern France village of Vers-Pont-du-Gard. It’s an ancient Roman Aqueduct that crosses the River Gardon and is not only the highest Roman aqueduct ever constructed but also one of the best-preserved ones.

The aqueduct was built between the years 40 and 60 A.D., which means it was built earlier than for example the Roman Colosseum. It has a total length of 275 meters (902 feet) and a total height of 48.8 meters (160 feet). It’s famous for its typical Roman arches and its stone blocks which weigh up to 6 tons and were cut so precisely that no mortar was needed for the bridge’s construction.

21. Chengyang Bridge

The Chengyang Bridge is also referred to as the “Yongji Bridge of Chengyang” or the “Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge.” Apart from being a bridge, it’s also a combination of multiple other things such as a corridor, a veranda, and a Chinese pavilion.

The bridge is located in Chenyang and connects two villages in the area. It has a total length of 64.4 meters (211 feet) and consists of two platforms (one at each end of the bridge), 3 piers, 3 spans, 5 pavilions, 19 verandas, and three floors.

Chengyang Bridge
Chengyang Bridge / ZhangZhugang / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

22. Old Bridge

The Old Bridge spans the River Taff in Pontypridd in Wales. Unsurprisingly, it was originally known as the New Bridge and was built by William Edwards. It was constructed between 1746 and 1756 and it collapsed during construction in the year 1748.

It’s an arched single-span bridge that is only open to pedestrian traffic and has a total span of 43 meters (140 feet). The clearance below is about 10 meters (34 feet). It’s a scheduled ancient monument and is Grade I listed.

Old Bridge Wales
Old Bridge / Varitek / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

23. Banpo Bridge

The Banpo Bridge is a bridge in the center of the South Korean capital of Seoul. It crosses the Han River and connects the Seocho and Yongsan districts. It’s a girder bridge and it was constructed between 1980 and 1982.

One of the most prominent features of the bridge is that it contains the longest bridge fountain in the world which is illuminated with over 10,000 LED lights. The fountain is about 1,140 meters long and shoots about 190 tonnes of water per minute. The water comes directly from the Han River below it and can shoot up to 43 meters far.

Banpo bridge seoul

24. Vasco da Gama Bridge

The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the Tagus River in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. The bridge also includes sections of viaducts and with a total length of 12.3 kilometers (7.6 miles), it’s the longest bridge in the European Union.

The cable-stayed section of the bridge covers about 0.8 kilometers (0.5 miles) and the viaducts cover 11.5 kilometers (7.1 miles) of the total length of the bridge. It was built between 1995 and 1998 and opened on March 29 to be ready for the Expo 98, an event that celebrated the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama’s discovery of the sea route from Europe to India.

Vasco da gama bridge lisbon

25. Tsing Ma Bridge

The Tsing Ma Bridge is a suspension bridge in Hong Kong and was named after the two islands it connects, Tsing Yi and Ma Wan. It can carry both rail and road traffic and it was completed in May 1997.

The bridge has a main span of 1,377 meters (4,518 feet) and a total height of 206 meters (676 feet). Upon completion, it was the second-longest suspension bridge in the world. At the moment it’s still the longest suspension bridge that carries rail traffic in the world.

Tsing Ma Bridge hong kong

26. George Washington Bridge

The George Washington Bridge is a double-decked suspension bridge that spans the Hudson River in New York City. It connects the New York City borough of Manhattan with the New Jersey Borough of Fort Lee and the bridge was named after George Washington, the first president of the United States.

It’s world-famous because it’s the world’s busiest motor vehicle bridge. Over 100 million vehicles cross the bridge every year. Construction of the bridge started in October 1927 and the bridge was officially inaugurated on October 24, 1931. It has a total length of 4,760 feet (1,450 meters), a maximum span of 3,500 feet (1,067 meters), and a height of 604 feet (184 meters).

George Washington Bridge

27. Kintai Bridge

The Kintai Bridge is a historical wooden bridge that was built in the year 1673. It spans the Nishiki River in the city of Iwakuni in the Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan. It’s located at the foot of Mount Yokahama.

The bridge is part of a popular tourist destination called Kikkou Park which also houses the famous Iwakuni Castle. The castle was completed in 1608, 65 years before the bridge was built. The bridge has a total length of about 175 meters and consists of 5 wooden arches. It has been a national treasure of Japan since 1922.

Kintai Bridge
Kintai Bridge / Source

28. Sunshine Skyway Bridge

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, officially known as the “Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge” and often simply called the “Skyway,” is a cable-stayed bridge that crosses the Lower Tampa Bay. It connects St. Petersburg, Florida with Terra Ceia.

The bridge as built between 1982 and 1987 and is actually the second bridge with the same name on this location. The original bridge was involved in a major maritime disaster which resulted in structural damage and the death of 35 people as their cars plunged into the water below. The bridge has a total length of 4.41 miles (6.7 kilometers), a maximu span of 1,200 feet (366 meters), and a total height of 430 feet (131 meters).

Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Sunshine Skyway Bridge / Source

29. Pont Alexandre III

The Pont Alexandre III is one of the most ornated bridges in the city of Paris, and arguably in the world. It crosses the Seine River and connects the neighborhoods of “Les Invalides” and “Eiffel Tower” with the Champs-Elysees area.

The bridge was built between 1896 and 1900 and has a total length of 160 meters (520 feet) and a width of 40 meters (130 feet). It’s built in the Beaux-Arts style and is famous for it’s amazing Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs, and winged horses at either end. It has been classified as a French “Monument Historique” since 1975.

Pont Alexandre III Paris

30. Øresund Bridge

The Øresund Bridge or simply the “Öresund” that connects Sweden with Denmark by spanning the Öresund Strait. The bridge runs for 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the Swedish coast to an artificial island, from where it continues with the 4-kilometer (2.5 miles) Drogden Tunnel to the Danish island of Amager.

The cable-stayed bridge was constructed between 1995 and 1999 and officially opened on July 1, 2000. Upon completion, it was the longest road and rail bridge in Europe and it connects the two major cities in the area, Malmö in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark. The bridge has a total height of 204 meters (669 feet) and longest span of 490 meters (1,608 feet).

Oresund Bridge

31. Bixby Creek Bridge

The Bixby Creek Bridge is located on the Big Sur Coast in California, about 120 miles (190 kilometers) south of San Francisco, and 13 miles (21 kilometers) south of Carmel in Monterrey County. It is part of State Route 1.

The bridge was constructed between 1931 and 1932 and has since become one of the most photographed bridges in California because of its unique location. With a total height of 280 feet (85 meters), it was the highest single-span arch bridge in the world upon completion.

Bixby Creek Bridge
Bixby Creek Bridge / Source

32. Lupu Bridge

The Lupu Bridge is a through arch bridge the spans the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China. It was named after one of the districts of the city which it connects. This district seized to exist in 2011 though but the bridge retained its name.

With a total length of 750 meters (2,461 feet), it is the second-longest steel arch bridge in the world. The bridge was constructed between 2000 and 2003 and cost a whopping 2.5 billion yuan (about $302 million) to build. The steel structure cost over 1/4 of that alone.

Lupu Bridge
Lupu Bridge / Dingyuang / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en

33. Magdeburg Water Bridge

The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct located near the city of Magdeburg in central Germany. It crosses the river Elbe and connects the Mittellandkanal to the west and the Elbe-Havel Canal to the east of the river.

It has a total length of 918 meters (3,012 feet) of which 690 meters is over land and 228 meters is over water. Its purpose was to allow large commercial ships to easily cross the river Elbe without having to actually descend into it. It is the largest canal underbridge in Europe.

Magdeburg Water Bridge
Magdeburg Water Bridge / Michael Barera / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en

34. Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the River Avon and the Avon Gorge. It connects Clifton in Bristol with Leigh Woods in North Somerset in the southwest of England. It is part of the B3129 road and a toll of £1.00 is charged for vehicles crossing it.

The original idea for a bridge on the location was conceived in 1753, but it wouldn’t be built until 1864. The bridge has a total length of 1,352 feet (412 meters) and a total height of 331 feet (101 meters) above the high water level. The clearance below is 245 feet (75 meters) above the high water level.

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge / Source

35. Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge

The Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge and is commonly known as the “Ponte Estaiada.” It crosses the Pinheiros River in São Paulo, Brazil. The bridge deck is unusually shaped like an “X.

The total length of the bridge is about 1,600 meters (5,200 feet) and it has a total height of 138 meters (453 feet). It is the only bridge in the world which has curved tracks that are supported by a single concrete mast.

Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge
Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge / Source

36. Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge

The Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, which is most commonly referred to as the “Ponte JK,” is a steel and concrete arch bridge that crosses Lake Paranoá in Brasília, Brazil. The bridge is named after President Juscelino Kubitschek, who was president of Brazil from 1956 to 1961, and who was the main proponent of the planned city.

The bridge connects the eastern area of the lake where we can find Brasília International Airport, with the city center of Brazil’s capital. The bridge with its silhouette design has a total length of 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) and was constructed between 2000 and 2002.

Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge
Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge / Source

37. Capilano Suspension Bridge

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge for pedestrians that crosses the Capilano River. It’s located in the District of North Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. The original bridge on its location was opened in 1889 and was completely rebuilt in 1956.

Right now the bridge is part of a private tourist attraction called “Treetop Adventures” that attracts over 1 million visitors every year. It has a total length of 140 meters (460 feet) and hangs about 70 meters (230 feet) above the river.

Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge / Source

38. The Iron Bridge

The Iron Bridge is a cast-iron arch bridge that crosses the River Severn in Shropshire, in the west of England. It has this name because when it opened in 1781, it was the world’s first bridge to be made of cast iron.

The bridge is considered to be a symbol of the industrial revolution since its successful construction resulted in cast iron being used in buildings and structures all around the world. It has a total span of 30.63 meters (100 feet 6 inches) and crosses the Ironbridge Gorge.

The Iron Bridge
The Iron Bridge / Source

39. Confederation Bridge

The Confederation Bridge is the longest bridge in Canada with a total length of 12.9 kilometers (8 miles). It’s a box and girder bridge that is part of the Trans-Canada Highway.

The bridge was constructed between 1993 and 1997 and officially opened to the public on May 31, 1997. The locals often refer to the bridge as “The Fixed Bridge” and this massive bridge cost a whopping CAD $1.3 billion to build.

Confederation Bridge

40. Seri Wawasan Bridge

The Seri Wawasan Bridge is one of the most important bridges in the new city of Putrajaya, the new federal and administrative center of Malaysia. It crosses the Putrajaya Lake, an artificial lake created to provide natural cooling for the city.

The bridge has the appearance of a sailing ship is described as a futuristic and asymmetric cable-stayed bridge with a forward-inclined pylon.

Seri Wawasan Bridge
Seri Wawasan Bridge / Source

41. Agas-Agas Bridge

The Agas-Agas Bridge is located in the region of Southern Leyte on the island of Leyte and is the highest bridge in the Philippines. It has a total height of 89 meters (292 feet) and a length of about 350 meters (1,150 feet).

It’s a pre-stressed concrete beam bridge and is supported by two massive pillars that are standing 73 meters (240 feet) and 75 meters (246 feet) tall. The bridge was built in 2006 and cost a total of ₱1.024-billion

Agas Agas Bridge
Agas-Agas Bridge / Source

42. Langkawi Sky Bridge

The Langkawi Sky Bridge is a curved pedestrian bridge located in the hills of Pulau Langkawi, the main island of the Langkawi archipelago in Kedah in Malaysia. It’s located about 660 meters (2,170 feet) above sea level.

The bridge was constructed in 2005 and is about 125 meters (410 feet) long. It can only be reached by first taking the Langkawi Cable Car which brings visitors to the Skyglide, an inclined lift which brings visitors to the bridge.

Langkawi Sky Bridge
Langkawi Sky Bridge / Source

43. Chapel Bridge

The Chapel Bridge, also referred to as the “Kapellbrücke,” is a covered wooden pedestrian bridge in the city of Lucerne in central Switzerland. It is named after the St. Peter’s Chapel which is located nearby.

The bridge was originally built in the year 1365 and is the oldest surviving truss bridge in the world. The Chapel Bridge is the symbol of the city of Lucerne and is a very popular tourist attraction in Switzerland.

Chapel Bridge Luzern

44. Helix Bridge

The Helix Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that links Marina Centre to Marina South in the Marina Bay Area in Singapore. The bridge was officially opened to the public on April 24, 2010.

It is part of a double bridge that can carry vehicular traffic called the Bayfront Bridge. Therefore, it was originally referred to as the “Double Helix Bridge.” The bridge has a total length of 280 meters (918 feet).

Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Sands
Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Sands / Zairon / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en

45. Royal Gorge Bridge

The Royal Gorge Bridge is a tourist attraction near Cañon City, Colorado, in the United States. It is part of the “Royal Gorge Bridge & Park,” a 150 hectares (260 acres) big amusement park located on both sides of the Royal Gorge.

It cost a total of $350,000 to construct and upon its completion in November 1929, it became the world’s highest suspension bridge with a total height of 291 meters (955 feet). It held this title until the year 2001 when it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China. It remains the highest bridge in the United States.

Royal Gorge Bridge

46. 15 July Martyrs Bridge

The 15 July Martyrs Bridge is also called the “Bosphorus Bridge” as it is one of the 3 suspension bridges that cross the Bosphorus Strait in the Turkish capital of Istanbul. This means that the bridge literally connects Europe with Asia.

It was named the “15 July Martyrs Bridge” on July 25, 2016, in honor of the people that died resisting the failed military coup d’état attempt 10 days earlier. It has a total length of 1,560 meters (5,118 feet), a total height of 165 meters (541 feet), and a clearance below of 64 meters (210 feet).

15 July Martyrs Bridge
15 July Martyrs Bridge / Source

47. Gateshead Millennium Bridge

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a tilt bridge designated for pedestrian and cyclists and spans the River Tyne in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the northeast of England. The bridge was designed by architect WilkinsonEyre and structural engineer Gifford.

The bridge has a total length of 126 meters (413 feet) and it opened to the public in the year 2001. This award-winning bridge cost a total of £22 million to build and was officially inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II on May 7, 2002.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge
Gateshead Millennium Bridge / Source

48. Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge crosses the river Danube in the Hungarian capital of Budapest and actually connects Buda and Pest. It was built by English engineer William Tierney Clark and Scottish engineer Adam Clark.

It was the first permanent bridge over the river Danube in all of Hungary and was built between 1840 and 1849. It has a total length of 375 meters (1,230 feet) and its longest span measures 202 meters (663 feet). It became the ultimate symbol of Hungary and was considered an engineering wonder at the time.

Széchenyi Chain Bridge famous bridges
Széchenyi Chain Bridge / Wiki Commons

49. Alcántara Bridge

The Alcántara Bridge is also known as “Trajan’s Bridge at Alcántara.” This stone arch bridge was built at the order Roman emperor Trajan between the years 104 and 106 A.D. who commissioned it in the year 98 A.D.

The bridge is located in Spain’s western province of Extremadura in the town of Alcántara and crosses the river Tagus. The name is derived from the Arabic “al-QanTarah” which literally translates to “the arches.”

The Alcántara Bridge / Source

50. Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge that crosses the Firth of North in the east of Scotland. The bridge is located about 9 miles west of the capital of the country, Edinburgh. The bridge was constructed between 1882 and 1890.

Since the bridge only allows railway traffic, it’s also sometimes referred to as the “Forth Rail Bridge.” The bridge has a total length of 8,094 feet (2,467 meters) and has the second-longest single cantilever bridge span in the world with a length of 1,709 feet (521 meters).

famous bridges forth bridge
Forth Bridge / Source

51. Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge

The Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge is a viaduct on the Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway. With a total length of 105 miles (169 kilometers), it’s the longest bridge in the world.

The bridge connects the two major cities Shanghai and Nanjing in the Jiangsu province and it was built to easily cross the lowland full of rice paddies, canals, rivers, and lakes. 10,000 people worked on the project for 4 years between 2006 and 2010 and it cost about $8.5 billion!

Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge / Source

52. Stone Arch Bridge

The Stone Arch Bridge is an old stone railroad bridge in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is located on the Mississippi River and is the second-oldest bridge to be built over the river. It is the only stone arch bridge on the entire Mississippi River as well.

It was built in the year 1883 as part of the Great Northern Railway and is now used as a pedestrian and bicycle bridge. It was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in the year 1971. It is 2,100 feet (640 meters) long and consists of 21 arches.

famous bridges Stone Arch Bridge
The Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. / Source

53. Chesapeake Bay Bridge

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge is locally known as simply the “Bay Bridge,” and spans the Chesapeake Bay in the US state of Maryland. When the bridge opened in 1952 it as the longest structure over land in the world with a length of 4.3 miles (6.9 kilometers).

The bridge has a total length of 4.316 miles (6.946 kilometers) and is part of the US Route 50 which connects the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area with Ocean City in Maryland. A second, parallel span was added in the year 1973.

famous bridges Chesapeake Bay Bridge
Chesapeake Bay Bridge / Source

54. Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge is a suspension bridge that connects the New York City Boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn. It spans the Narrows, a body of water that separates the two boroughs. It was named after Giovanni da Verrazzano, a European explorer who as the first person to enter the New York Harbor on the Hudson River in 1524.

It has a total length of 13,700 feet (4,176 meters) and a total height of 693 feet (211 meters). A bridge was planned as early as the 1920s but it wasn’t until 1959 that construction on the bridge started. It finally opened on November 21, 1964, and a lower deck followed 5 years later.

Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

This concludes the ultimate list of famous bridges in the world. If you know some more amazing bridges, please let us know and we’ll add them to the list!

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