10. Khaju Bridge: The Khaju Bridge (Pol-e-Khajoo) is one of the most famouse bridges in Isfahan, Iran. It was built in the 17th century by Shad AbbasII. This amazing bridge has 23 arches and is 105 meters long and 14 meters wide. The bridge also serves as a dam, with sluice gates under the archways. When the gates are closed, the water level behind the bridge is raised to irrigate gardens alongside the Zayandeh River.
9. Pont Du Gard: The pont du Gard is an aquedict in the south of France constructed by the Roman Empire, and located in Vers-Pont-du-Gard near Remoulins, in the Gard department.
8. Bridge of Sight: In the 19th century, Lord Byron named a Venetian limestone bridge across the Rio di Palazzo connecting the Doge’s prison to the interrogation room in the main palace, the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri). Supposedly, the prisoners would sigh when they look out the window – with stone bars no less – to see their last view of beautiful Venice before their imprisonment, torture or execution. The bridge was built in 1600 by Antonio Contino.
7. Iron Bridge: This bridge as you see from the picture is not a large one, but what makes this bridge amazing and unique is that its the first bridge made completely out of cast Iron. This bridge was built in Shropshire England in the 18th century.
6 . Covered Bridge in Grand River, Ontario, Canada.
5. Ponte Vecchio:This is not only a bridge its also it’s a street, a marketplace, and a landmark of Florence, Italy.
4 . The Wind and Rain Bridges: The wind and rain bridges were a type of bridge built by the Dong people (a minority ethnic group) in China. Because they live in the lowlands and the valleys with many rivers, the Dong people are excellent bridge builders. They are called “wind and rain” bridges because the covered bridges not only let people cross the river, but also protect them from the elements.
3. Brooklyn Bridge: In 1855, engineer John Roebling started to design a bridge that at the time would be the longest suspension bridge in the world, with towers being the tallest structures in the Western Hemisphere: the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
2. Tower Bridge, London, England.
1. The Golden Gate Bridge: The Golden gate bridge is such an iconic symbole of San Francisco, USA. In 1916, the idea of a bridge to cross the Golden Gate, a narrow strait that separated San Francisco Peninsula and the Marin Headlands, was conceived. Though it was almost immediately dismissed as the cost was estimated to be $100 million (astronomical for the time), a veteran bridge builder named Joseph Strauss lobbied for more than two decades to have it built.
The color of the Golden Gate Bridge is actually not red – it’s an orange vermillion called International Orange. The color was chosen specifically because it complements the bridge’s natural surrounding yet enhances its visibility in the fog.
Construction took more than four years, at a cost of $27 million. The Golden Gate Bridge actually came in $1.3 million under budget (though 5 months late). For his work, Strauss got $1 million … and a lifetime bridge pass!