With such a advancement in science and technology, one of the greatest achievement of man is the construction of the tallest, unique and best bridges in the world. This effort indicates the greatest engineering work of highly competent experts and also conveys a message that nothing is impossible in the world. The first bridges were build with the stones, ropes and wooden planks but later it give a way to iron and steel. Bridges made by engineers are based upon the location and citizen benefit. Bridges are stylish from modern to classical and are of different shapes.
Here is the list Top 10 best bridges in the world :
10. Khaju Bridge
The Kaju bridge is located in Isfahan, Iran. It was built in the 17 century by the king Shah Abbas ||. Khaju bridge also serves as a dam, when the gates of the bridge are closed the water level behind the bridge is raised to irrigate gardens alongside the Zayandeh River. The structure of the bridge was made with the artistic tile works and paintings serving as a teahouse. It has 23 arches and is 105 metres long and 14 metres wide. It is one of the best bridge of the world and rank on no 10 in the list.
9. The Runyang Bridge
The Runyang bridge is located in China. It is a large bridge that crosses the Yangtze River in Jiangsu Province. It is a part of the the Beijing-Shanghai Expressway in china. The main span of the bridge is of 1,490 meters (4,888 ft) with a height of 215 meters (705 ft) and the width is of 39.2 meters (129 ft) which has the capacity to accommodate 6 traffic lanes and a narrow walkway at each outside edge for maintenance.
8. The Pont de Normandie
The Pont de Normandie bridge is located in Japan. It spans the river Siene to Normandy. It is a masterpiece of Roman engineering. Intially it was not built to carry and transport people, it was a part of the complex aqueduct system that carried water over 30 miles (about 50 km) to the ancient Roman city of Nemausus (now Nîmes). Bridge total length is 2,143.21 meters (7,032 ft) and a height of 215 meters.
7. Iron Bridge
Iron bridge is located in England. The best feature of this bridge is that it was the first bridge that is completely made out of cast Iron. Bridge’s has total length of 60 meters (200ft). It is a waypoint on the South Telford Heritage Trial. In 2000 the bridge was renovated again with the replacement of the cast iron road plates with steel plates and lightweight top surface.
6. Golden Gate Bridge
Golden gate Bridge is located in USA. The bridge is 227.4 meter high and is considered to be the longest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed during the year 1937 and become one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and California. It is considered as one of the modern wonders of the world by the American Society of civil engineers. The construction of this bridge was started on january 5, 1933 and was completed by 1937.
5. The Great Belt Fixed Link
The Great Belt Fixed Link bridge is located in Denmark and is Europe’s highest bridge and connects Zealand and Funen islands of Denmark across the Great Belt. It was Completed in 1998 and has a height of 254 m. The bridge consists of a railway tunnel, road suspension bridge and a box grider bridge. Denmark spend a huge amount in the construction of this bridge around 22.4 billon, the most costly in the history of Denmark.
4. Tower Bridge
Tower bridge is located in London, England. The bridge was constructed to minimize the accident traffic jams in London. The construction of this bridge was started in 1886 and was completed in 1894, by the engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry and architect Sir Horace Jones. Tower bridge has now become biggest landmark in the London. The beauty of this bridge always attract a large number of tourists every year.
3. Sutong Yantze River Bridge
The Sutong Yantze River Bridge is situated in China.The towers of river bridge are 306 meters (1,004 ft) high and ranked third tallest bridge in the world. Its0 total length is 8,206 meters (26,923 ft). The construction of the bridge was started in 2003 and was completed in 2007. The bridge was officially opened to traffic on 30 june 2008. The cost of river bridge is estimated about $1.7 dollar. The bridge has two side spans that are of 300 meters (980ft) each and four small cable spans.
2. Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge
The Akashi-kaikyo bridge is located in japan. It is also known as pearl bridge. It has a height of 298.3 meters. The construction of the bridge was completed in 1998. The bridge links city of Kobe on the mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island by crossing the busy Akashi Strait. It also a carries part of the Honshu Shkoku Highway. The bridge has the highest tourist attraction and its beautiful view attract millions of tourist every year.
1. Millau Viaduct Bridge
The Millau Viaduct Bridge is situated in France. It is the world no 1 best and the tallest bridge. The bridge has total height of 343.0 meters (1,125 ft) a little shorter then the Empire State building and is taller than Eiffel tower. The cost of construction of bridge was approximately 400 million Euros. It was officially opened to the traffic on 16 December 2004. Millau Viaduct has received IABSE Outstanding Structure Award in 2006. The bridge spans the valley of river Tam near Millau in Southern France.