The world's most incredible bridges

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The world's most famous bridges may not be the longest, tallest or highest, but they are the most recognisable bridges in the world by far, and thousands flock to them just to see them in their glory.

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The world's best bridges

Tower Bridge, London (213 feet)

This London icon was built 120 years ago and features moving roadways that can be raised to make way for passing boats. The bridge also currently features a glass floor across the walkways granting visitors a spectacular view from 42 metres above the Thames.


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Helix Bridge, Singapore (918 feet)

This bridge in Singapore's Marina Bay was inspired by the formation of DNA. It's the first time this shape has been used for a bridge and although it may not look that strong, the structure is very efficient and strong.


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Millau Viaduct, France (8,000 feet by 1,125 feet)

The Millau Viaduct crosses the River Tarn in France, and is part of the road connecting Paris to the Mediterranean coast. The delicate bridge was opened in 2004 and provides a dramatic silhouette against the French skyline thanks to the tall pylons and columns that split into two parts.


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Rialto Bridge, Venice (75 feet)

The Rialto Bridge spans the iconic Grand Canal is the most famous bridge in Venice. Although a number of other incarnations of the bridge have previously crossed the canal, the current stone bridge was completed in 1591.


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Akashi-KaikyōBridge, Japan (12,800 feet)

The colossal Akashi Kaikyō Bridge connects Kobe on the Japanese mainland to Awaji Island and spans four miles, making it the longest suspension bridge in the world. It took ten years to complete with the help of two million construction workers.

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Brooklyn Bridge, New York City (7,710 feet)

The Brooklyn Bridge was finished in 1883 and connects the areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn, crossing the East River in New York. The bridge has become well known the world-over and was named a 'National Historic Landmark' in the 1960s.


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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia (3,700 feet)

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most famous structures in the whole of Australia, possibly only eclipsed by the Opera House which sits by it's side on the banks of the famous harbour. The structure, sometimes referred to as 'The Coathanger' was completed in 1932 after nine years of construction.


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Magdeburg Water Bridge, Germany (3,000 feet)

The Magdeburg is the largest canal under-bridge in Europe and connects Mittellandkanal and Elbe-Havel Canal over the River Elbe. Construction on the bridge began in 1997 and was eventually completed in 2003.


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Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy (275 feet)

This unusual closed stone bridge hales back to the Medieval era when butchers would have occupied the shops along it. These days the shops are still occupied but by souvenir sellers and jewellery outlets. The bridge has been built and rebuilt a number of times over the years after being destroyed by floods.


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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco (4,210 feet)

The suspension bridge crosses the Golden Gate Strait, connecting the city of San Francisco and Marin County. The iconic orange colour comes from the sealant used to cover the bridge. Many people believed the bridge is named for its colour but it's actually named after the strait it covers.

Name that bridge!

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