If we have to cross water or a crazy gaping ravine, we might as well do it in style. These are the ten most eye poppingly gorgeous gap crossings in the world.
10.) St. John's Bridge, Oregon, USA
Back in the thirties, they really knew how to build a suspension bridge. Gothic style! Thank Mr. David B. Steinman for this masterpiece, Portland!
9.) Hardanger Bridge, Norway
The construction of Norway's Golden Gate was finished just last year. Hoccy:
Built across a Norwegian fjord, this bridge both starts and ends with a tunnel. The towers are 200 metres tall, and the main span is 30 metres longer than the main span of Golden Gate bridge.
8.) Confederation Bridge, Canada
Simplicity at its best. It's also very long indeed. Kate's Dirty Sister:
Confederation bridge between Prince Edward's Island and New Brunswick in Canada. 8 miles of awesome.
As long as you don't drive or walk across it, because that happens to be rather boring.
7.) Forth Rail Bridge, Scotland, UK
Opened in 1890, the Forth Rail Bridge had the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world until 1917, and it still has the world's second-longest single span. As the first major structure in Britain to be made of steel, it remains an engineering marvel even today.
6.) Salginatobel Bridge, Switzerland
Designed by the brilliant Robert Maillart and opened in 1930, the Salginatobel Bridge feels so fresh like it was built yesterday, and remains the best thing that could happen to concrete.
5.) Bixby Bridge, California, USA
evoCS explains what's so great about this Californian bridge that isn't golden. Or gated.
The combination of environment and beautifully utilitarian old bridge construction is magical.
That's why it's Highway 1. Or not.
4.) Stari Most, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Built by the Ottoman empire in the 16th century, destroyed in 1993, rebuilt in 2004. What a site for a picnic!
3.) Puente del Alamillo, Spain
EU funds in action. Bu this time, the money was well spent.
2.) Millau Viaduct, France
Millau is so amazing you would think it's Photoshop. Nope, it's €394,000,000 and the tallest (but not highest) bridge in the world.
1.) Tower Bridge, London, UK
British design straight from the 19th century. It's smart, it's beautiful, and you can get it as a fridge magnet.
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