List of Famous Bridges

London Tower Bridge

London Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge in London represents one of the best known bridges in the world. Set on the river Thames and built as a combination of the suspension (static) and bascule (moveable) architecture, this bridge also features two enormous towers connected with two parallel walkways. Construction of the bridge started in1886 and has lasted for eight years before it was completed. Over the years, this famous bridge was called by many names, but most notable one is “Tower of London”, name that was created because of the royal prison that was located in the towers.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in North America and entire world. Built by the designs of the architect mastermind Joseph B. Strauss, this bright red bridge towers over the strait of Golden Gate that is located between city of San Francisco and Marin County to the north. Contraction of this 2.7 km long bridge lasted between 1933 and 1937, making it the largest bridge in the world for decades to come. Today, even though eight bridges were built all across the world, Golden Gate Bridge remains one of the most iconic American construction achievements.

Millau Bridge

Millau Bridge located in the uneven grounds of the southern France represents one of the crowning achievements of European bridge building. Spanning the distance of almost 2.5 kilometers, reaching the height of 343 meters from the ground, and having eight very large spans between ground supports (two spans of around 200 meters and six spans of 342 meters), this bridge really takes everyone’s breath away (so much so, that traffic speed was lowered from 130 km/h to 110 km/h because many travelers regular slowed down their vehicles to take pictures).

Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge

Venice is a city of thousand bridges, but one managed to distinguished itself from the rest and become architectural icons of the city. Rialto Bridge and its stone arch architecture were built in 1591 by designs of architect Antonio da Ponte, some 60 years after the original wooden bridge at that location. Today, it is regarded as one of the most famous bridges in entire Europe.

Si-o-se Pol

Si-o-se Pol is one of the most famous bridges created in the Middle East, showcasing it’s incredible design of 33 arches for more than 400 years.

Stari Most

Stari Most (Old Bridge) is the most famous bridge design of Ottaman Turks. Dating from 1566, it stood over the river Neretva in the city of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) for 427 years. During the Balkan War bridge was damaged, but it was restored to its former glory in 2004.

Sidney Harbor Bridge

Sidney Harbor Bridge is one of the most known and most photographed bridges in the world. Since its opening in 1932 it captured imagination of millions tourists who visited it, and together with Sidney Opera house it became one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Australia.

Millau Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge view