Building bridges bring us together, that binds us to each other and make things go faster, even if nature has chosen to separate. Among the honorary titles that they received the Roman emperors and the enthronement was the Pontifex Maximus. The allusion was not only practical in the sense that the king was the leader manufacturers and that everything was being built in his name and of the Roman people, but symbolically reminded the universal dimension of his reign, which included all the known universe.
In the world there are millions of bridges, old or new, but all have the same role – to create a link between those on both sides of an obstacle. The 10 selected pedestrian bridges today in addition to the function they perform have two things in common: their history and how to cross.
1. Shaharah Bridge – Yemen
Yemen has a number of remains absolutely delightful. One is a bridge breathtaking when you pass. It was built in the eighteenth century, 300 meters above the abyss and links Shaharah small village and the world. Construction was initiated by a local leader.
2. BP Bridge – United States
Without a long history BP Pedestrian Bridge or shorter BP Bridge, is one of the most curious construction. It was put into operation on July 16, 2004, has a length of 285 meters and a width of 6 meters. He fulfills a unique role, namely the sound barrier between highway traffic extremely Columbus Drive and Millennium Park, nearby. Bridge form imitate a snake extremely well.
3. Capilano Suspension Bridge – Canada
If you want adrenaline, one option would be to try to get over the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver. It is the oldest tourist attraction in the area, built in 1889 by a scottish engineer, George Grant Mackay. The current bridge has a length of 137 meters and is at a height of 70 meters above the river. At the beginning were made a number of changes, meaning that ropes used in the original construction was replaced for added security steel cables. Annually the bridge attracts over 800,000 visitors.
4. Old Bridge – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Perhaps one of the most beautiful monument built by the Ottoman Empire is the Stari Most bridge in Mostar. It was built in the sixteenth century by Ottomans and crosses the river Neretva, linking the two sides of Mostar. Ottoman building, built during the reign of one of the greatest rulers of the empire, Suleiman the Magnificent, lasted 427 years, being destroyed on 9 November 1993 during the Croat-Bosniak War. Later the building was rebuilt after the original and reopened on July 23, 2004. The last bridge construction lasted almost 10 years from 1557 until 1566. At that time the bridge had the largest arch bridge in the world. However this bridge can be classified among the greatest works of architecture of its time.
5. Trift Bridge – Switzerland
Trift, the longest suspension bridge in the Alps, with 170 meters and is located at a height of 100 meters, was built over a lake. It is crossed by 20,000 tourists annually who visit Glacier Trift. The first bridge was built in 2004 but has not proved to be good enough for the influx of tourists. For this reason the current bridge was built in 2009 which was inspired by the rope made in Nepal.
6. Aiguille du Midi Bridge – France
If you have courage then you can cross the Aiguille du Midi Bridge. Built at an altitude of 3,850 m in the French Alps, is considered to be the most dangerous bridge in the world, primarily because it is always snow, and underneath lies an abyss breathtaking. Built within walking distance of Mont Blanc, near Chamonix, you’d better not try this if you have bad bridge height.
7. Marienbrücke Bridge- Germany
Located near the famous castle Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau in Bavaria, it is impossible to see Cinderella Castle (famous Bavarian castle served as a model for the production of Walt Disney) without crossing the wooden bridge. Under the bridge you can see a waterfall.
8. Puente de la Mujer – Argentina
Women’s Bridge from Buenos Aires have 150 meters long and 5 meters wide. It was inaugurated on December 20, 2001, when the country was in turmoil. It also has a mobile section that allows passage the boats.
9. Rialto Bridge – Italy
It is the oldest of the four bridges crossing the Grand Canal, Venice. It connects the neighborhoods of San Marco and San Polo. Before that existed since 1181 a pontoon bridge, it was replaced with a wood bridge by XIII century, which was also rebuilt about 3 times after collapsed between the XIV-XVI. At the end of the sixteenth century it was decided that the bridge will be made with stone. His construction began in 1588 and finished three years later.
10. Kingsgate- Durham Bridge – Great Britain
Although it is a modern bridge, built in 1966 of reinforced concrete, Kingsgate no discordant note to where it is located. It aims to link the historic center of Durham with Bow Lane area. Besides the unusual construction, bridge rotates 90 degrees to allow boat traffic. Its simplicity makes it one of the attractions of this city and the United Kingdom.