Top 10 Spectacular Bridges with Wonderful Architecture

By Monalisha Mallick

  ●   18 Jul 18


Bridges are sign of modernity, economy, trade, and growth. From old stone ones to the sweeping modern suspensions, bridges around the world capture our attention.

Top 10 Spectacular Bridges that Connect The World with Style

#1 – Sydney Harbour Bridge

Known as “Coathanger” due to its unique arch-based design, Sydney Harbour Bridge along with the Opera House in the backdrop gives a postcard like beauty visuals to Sydney.

Sydney Harbor Bridge

Interesting Facts:

Constructed by:  Dorman Long & Co

Construction started on: 28th July 1923

Construction ended on: 19th January 1932

Inaugurated & Opened to Public on: 19th March 1932

Features: Bradfield Highway, North Shore railway line, 1 pedestrian way, 1 cycleway

Location: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia


#2 – Brooklyn Bridge

Designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, Brooklyn Bridge is the declared New York City Landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Brooklyn Bridge

Interesting Facts:

Architect: John Augustus Roebling

Opened to Public on: 24th May 1883

Features: 6 lanes of roadway (cars only), Pedestrians and bicycles

Recognition: The World’s First Steel-Wire Suspension Bridge

Location: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038, USA

#3 – Golden Gate Bridge

One of the most famous and beautiful bridges in the world, Golden Gate Bridge has a spectacular location, Art Deco detailing, and amazing colors. This bridge is an engineering marvel.

Golden Gate Bridge

Interesting Facts:

Architect: Irving Morrow

Engineering design by: Joseph Strauss, and Charles Ellis

Construction Began: 5th January 1933

Construction Ended On: 19th April 1937

Opened to Public On: 27th May 1937

Features: cars, pedestrians, and bicycles

Location: San Francisco, California and Marin County, California, U.S.

#4 – Langkawi Sky Bridge

Built on the amazing Machincang mountain ranges, Langkawi Sky Bridge has got mesmerizing views. This bridge is not only a structure that connects, but itself is a major tourist attraction.

Langkawi Sky Bridge

Interesting Facts:

Designer: Peter Wyss

Engineering design by: CEPAS Plan

Angkasa Jurutera Perunding

Constructed by: Alam Langkawi, B&O Construction, & BBR Construction Systems (M)

Opened  to public: 2005

Features: Pedestrian only

Location: Langkawi, Malaysia

Amusing thing: The entire structure had to be lifted by helicopters and then assembled to form the bridge.

#5 – Sheikh Zayed Bridge

Paying tribute and named after UAE’s principal architect and former president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Sheikh Zayed Bridge is said to be the most intricate bridge ever constructed.

Sheikh Zayed Bridge

Interesting Facts:

Architect:  Zaha Hadid Architects

Designer: Lighting design by Rogier van der Heide

Engineering design by: Rendel( formerly High Point Rendel / Rendel Palmer and Tritton), Buckland & Taylor Ltd., & DME Geotech

Constructed by: Archirodon & Six Construct Ltd.

Construction started on:  2007

Construction ended on: 2010

Opened to public on: 28 November 2010

Features: 4 lanes each way for vehicular traffic

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Amusing thing: There are more than 200 automated lights that have been programmed to weave thirteen artistic scenarios along the length of the bridge.

#6 – Python Bridge

Python Bridge, whose official name is High Bridge, is a bridge that spans the canal between Sporenburg and Borneo Island in Eastern Docklands, Amsterdam.

Python Bridge

Interesting Facts:

Built in 2001

Won the International Footbridge Award in 2002

Designed by:  Adriaan Geuze, West 8

Features: Lanes for pedestrians and cyclists

Location: Eastern Docklands, Amsterdam

The metal bridge has an unusual serpentine shape and is equipped with beautiful railings with a lot of scarlet threads, making the construction look more attractive.

#7 – Bosphorus Bridge

This bridge also known as First Bridge is iconic as it connects the European side of Istanbul to it’s Asian side. A drive on the bridge would expose you one of the stunning site ever but the actual beauty can be seen only when you go  for a Bosphorus boat ride in the evening.

Bosphorus Bridge

Interesting Facts:

Designer: Sir Gilbert Roberts and William Brown

Construction started on: 20 February 1970

Construction ended on:  1 June 1973

Opened to public on: 30 October 1973

Features: Highway lanes only

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

The official name is 15 July Martyrs Bridge

Monalisha Mallick

Creative soul. Writer. Traveler. Monalisha is infinitely curious about the world. When not answering questions about her career choice (graduation in Engineering and profession in writing), she enjoys going out to experience new places, savor fresh cuisines, meet people (many time weird) and soak in the culture from different eras and places.

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