When a person talks about travel, it is automatic for us to think about sturdy buildings, landscapes, architectural structures. We often also think about temples, ruins, mountains or beaches. These are what prompted people to travel because they are unique, are well-built, and most of the time, are historical too. What most of us understand is that there is more to tourist attraction than a feast for the eyes. Sometimes, these tourist attractions also exist for a purpose—be it religious, cultural or for convenience. This is where the bridges of the world enter. Not only are they useful for travel, there are also sights to see from across them, and they even serve as a monumental mark to commemorate a country or a place.
Japan’s Akashi Kaiky? Bridge is currently the “World’s Longest Hanging Distance”. This bridge welcomes tourists by providing them with the thrill of travelling via a record holder. Not only that, the clear blue water underneath the bridge is also a feast for the eyes.
Bo?aziçi Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is the gateway to Europe from Asia.
New York’s pride, the double-decked George Washington Bridge Connects New York City to Bergen County, New Jersey in the USA. According to records, 103 million vehicles travel using this bridge annually. It is considered as the “World’s Busiest Bridge”. What clinches tourists to this bridge is not only does it take them from one state to another, its aesthetics give them the “USA Feel” because New York and New Jersey are different in their own ways.
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most popular landmarks in the world. It has been in movies and has been perceived to be romantic as well. There are viewing decks across the bridge platform, as well as shops and restaurants.
Brooklyn Bridge is considered to be one of the American icons. Like the Golden Gate, several blockbuster Hollywood movies have been filmed here, and it is considered to be one of the places people want to see when visiting the state.
Greece’s Arkadiko Bridge in Peloponnese used to be a fraction of a network of roads which were built to contain travelling chariots between the towns of Tiryns towards the town of Epidauros. Dating back to 13th Century BC also known as the Greek Bronze Age, it is still in use today.
Abetxuko Bridge in Victoria, Spain made use of a unique tie up bridge concept. It is one of the most sought after tourist spots in the country because of its intricate design which makes aesthetics work for convenience.
There are also bridges that not only serve their purpose, but also allow people to keep their secrets, and preserve love. In Asia, there are bridges in which you go with your loved one, “lock-in” your love using a padlock and together, you throw the keys. It is said that by doing so, you will never part. Meanwhile, in Paris, one of their bridges is said to be the “secret-keeper” because you go there with something you know or something that you cannot say, you lock it in the bridge and let go, just as you free the keys off your hand.
One of the key points in bridges which are also tourist attractions is that these bridges are built to weather time. The maintenance and repair are handed over to experts. Gone are the days when they are built using only clay. Trusted bridge construction companies bidding for these, and with technology, you can search ones over the internet as well. These experts will not only guarantee to keep the bridge at its best shape, but can also vouch for safety as well.
Mark is an architect by profession and a part time blogger who occasionally blogs on unique architecture in the world. He greatly admires the excel bridge projects and how they accomplish such engineering tasks.