Bridges: could we live without them? Probably not! The earth has bridges that span across countries, across rivers and oceans, that even cross above jungles! We’ve pushed at the limits of engineering and design to create some of the most amazing bridges, and here is a list of our very favorites.
16. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Everyone around the world associates this bridge with San Fran, in fact, it’s hard to think of the city without its iconic landmark! It was built in 1937 and up until 1964, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.
15. Millenium Bridge, London
The bridge which stands across from the Tate Modern is probably best known for its appearance in the Harry Potter franchise’s 6th film, where it collapses at the hands of Death Eaters.
14. Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Back in 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge opened and became the longest suspension bridge in the world. During its thirteen year construction, around thirty people died, including its architect, John Roebling.
13. Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, Brazil
The asymmetrical bridge takes its name from the former Brazilian president, Juscelino Kubitschek. It is designed with three steel arches that stretch across from side to side of the bridge, a design that is supposed to highlight the sunset.
12. The U Bein Bridge, Burma
The longest teak bridge in the world – almost 4,000 feet – spans the Taugthaman Lake in Amarapura, and is named after the city’s mayor, U Bein.
11. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Japan
This is currently the longest suspension bridge in the world, and before it existed you’d have to take a ferry between Kobe and Iwaya. The bridge took 12 years to build and construction was completed by 1998.
10. Gateshead Millenium Bridge, England
This tilt-bridge connects Gateshead and Newcastle over the River Tyne. Using hydraulics, the walkway pivots so that boats can pass through – a process that takes only five minutes!
9. Roebling Suspension Bridge, Ohio
This bridge over the Ohio river links Ohio and Kentucky and was built by the architect of the Brooklyn Bridge, John Roebling.