London Bridge is falling down…
That iconic bridge in London might have been long falling in our rhymes, but there sure is no end to the charm that bridges have spanned over the centuries. Wooden or set in stone, concrete or steel, cantilever or suspension, arch or beam bridges, these spectacular specimens of architectural glory encompass in them a charm not easily decipherable elsewhere. It perhaps is their mighty tall reputation in some place or it can be they being technological marvels in another that make bridges so standout a feature of landscapes and nations of today as they had been so impressive edifices of the past. Which is perhaps why the world today is known for its as many bridges as its numerous rivers, famous in all their girth and glory. So which are the top 10 most famous bridges in the world today? Here’s rounding up the lot for you-
Golden Gate Bridge, U.S.
Declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World, the Golden Gate Bridge in the U.S. is “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.” In existence since 1937, when it started out as the both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge in the world, the Golden Gate bridge is rendered even more visible and therefore popular a presence in global view due to its iconic red orange color that which enhances visibility in light of frequent fog that shrouds it. Spanning the Golden Gate strait and connecting the U.S. city of San Francisco, California to Marin County, this is one of the absolutely famous world bridges and is also one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and California.
Millau Viaduct, France
There’s no way the tallest of all bridges in the world would have missed out on being also one of it’s most famous. And not just in its distinction of being the mighty, the Millau Viaduct of France stands out also in its consistent ranking as one of the greatest engineering achievements of modern times. Undoubtedly, as one of the crowning glory of the bridge expanse not just in France but in the entirety of Europe is indeed every bit of an engineering and architectural marvel, that was built within a mere three years- quite a feat for a bridge that is slightly taller than even the iconic Eiffel Tower! Traversing through land but soaring almost into the clouds by virtue of its impressively unreal towering statistics, the Millau Viaduct lends the nation of France even elevated an iconic status.
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia
Another of the iconic bridges that is world famous in being the standout landmark of an entire continent is Australia’s Sydney Harbour Bridge. The world’s tallest steel arch bridge that has been standing its ground since 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is also one of the most photographed bridge structures anywhere on earth. Nicknamed The Coat Hanger because of its arch-based design and graced also by another landmark Aussie architectural structure, the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge also holds significance in being one of the most lit up global destinations every New Year.
London Tower Bridge, England
A world famous symbol of London, the more than a century old London Tower Bridge spans across the iconic Thames river in England. A combined bascule and suspension bridge, this Victorian bridge with Neo-Gothic towers is indeed as defining a landmark of London as any other. Gracing the skyline of the English capital and thereby definitely one of the most recognisable structures of England, the London Tower Bridge and the castle next to it happen to be also among the most visited monuments in Europe.
Si-o-se-pol or The Bridge of 33 Arches is the largest and perhaps the most famous of the eleven historical bridges on the Zayanderud river in the Iranian plateau. Built in the early 17th century to serve as both a bridge and a dam, the Si-o-se-pol is a double deck bridge that which serves as one of the most famous examples of Iran’s Safavid architecture. Made of brick and stone, the Si-o-se-pol comes across as really interesting a structure with its interiors originally decorated with such paintings often described by travelers as erotic.
Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), Switzerland
One of the main tourist attractions of Switzerland and boasting a beauty that is no less exquisite than the famed allure of the snowy haven is the Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge. The oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe as well as the oldest surviving amongst all truss bridges in the world, this is a famous footbridge that spans the river Reuss in the city of Lucerne in Switzerland. Featuring painted interior triangular frames, this 14th century structure might have been rebuilt as recently as in 1994 but in its prominent expanse, it continues to seat resplendent in all its servings of esteemed European history. And why just history, also ranking high in the Swiss charm is this wooden Chapel Bridge, spectacularly offset by a stone tower and done up pretty by its many adorning vibrant flowers and trestles.
Brooklyn Bridge, U.S.
An iconic landmark of the city of New York through which it traverses is the Brooklyn Bridge in the United States. The longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its opening in 1883, and also a major tourist attraction ever since, this National Historic Landmark is hailed today as one of the oldest surviving roadway bridges in the United States. A recurring phenomenon in popular culture today, most notably having featured in wide shots of the New York City skyline in television and film in addition to its occurrence in many works of fiction, this marvel of architecture that which also has awed contemporaries with its technological excellence sure is one of the most famous of bridges in the world, even more than a century after its exemplary origins.
Rialto Bridge, Italy
The present stone expanse of the Rialto Bridge in Italy‘s famed water city of Venice might be a structure stemming to the 16th century but its origins are even deeply entrenched in history. Initially constructed as a pontoon bridge in 1173 and today a significant tourist attraction of Venice, this is really a phenomenal architectural manifestation for a city dubbed the city of a thousand bridges. Curving over the Grand Canal of Venice, connecting the center of the city and the famous Rialto Markets and presenting spectacular views of the colourful boats and vivid buildings that sum up ever dreamlike vision of Venice, the Rialto Bridge sure is one of the more exquisite of landmark structures in the Italian city.
Charles Bridge, Czech Republic
A UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a vision of its unique kind with that old world charm to it is the Charles Bridge in the country of the Czech Republic. A stone Gothic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, the Charles Bridge had been a focal point of importance throughout history and continues today to amass as much substance as a showcase of rich Czech history and art. World famous since the 1700s even with roots tracing its origins back to the early 15th century, this is also one of the unique bridges. Celebrated for its avenue of 30 mostly baroque statues that showcased the artistic prowess of Czech sculptors and artists and are notable also in forming a unique connection of artistic styles with the underlying gothic bridge, the Charles Bridge definitely is a structure worthy of its heritage status.
Pont des Arts, France
Another of the French presences in our list of world famous bridges is one that invariably would draw to the romantic essence of this country of love. Also part of a World Heritage Site is the Pont des Arts of France, incredibly popular the world over in its striking image of a million love locks that had once been as defining an identity of Paris as its other exquisite iconic references to that thing called love.
A pedestrian bridge crossing the River Seine that serves today as a popular spot for summer picnics in Paris, the Pont des Arts today might have ceased to be as prominent an image in its love locks due to efforts to ward off this practice of in love folks ‘sealing’ their commitment to preserve the structure of the bridge. But in its continuing legacy as having been the site to witness a few too many romances of the world, this sure is a bridge that presents itself as one of the most incredible tourist attractions in France.