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  • The most beautiful bridges in the world

    Pont du Gard, photo by http2007 on Flickr

    From organic bridges made of tree roots that take centuries to grow to engineering masterpieces that last for centuries, for a long time humans have been using bridges to make their lives easier.

    Sure, a bridge might sound just like something that you cross in order to get from point A to point B if these two points are separated by a river, gorge, huge crack in the earth etc, but those with a keen eye for engineering know that bridges are much more than that.

    A bridge can be engraved with cultural symbols, it might have deep historical meaning, and most of all, it is a neat piece of engineering. So travel around and look up the most beautiful bridges in the world, you won’t regret it!

    Khaju Bridge, Isfahan, Iran

    Khaju Bridge, photo by Nick Taylor on Flickr

    Khaju Bridge is arguably the most beautiful bridge in all of Iran, and one must admit that it looks very well for its age. Khaju Bridge was built in the middle of the 17th century with the purpose of being both a bridge and a dam, but its primary function, after all, was as a building. The two stories of arcades on the bridge are great places for evening promenades.

    Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

    The medieval Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno was (and still is) actually more than a street than a bridge. This beautiful bridge is noted for still being lined by quite a few shops.

    The shops on the bridge used to belong mostly to butchers, but today they are occupied by jewelers and souvenir sellers – so take a walk on this ancient bridge and pick up some souvenirs on your way.

    Chengyang Bridge, Guangxi Province, China

    Chengyang Bridge, photo by Anja Disseldorp on Flickr

    This century old covered bridge is one of the famous Fengyu Bridges build by the Dong people, which are known for not using nails for any of their buildings, choosing to dovetail the wood instead.

    These wind and rain bridges are great protection from the elements, and they are wonderful to look at. Chengyang Bridge is one of the most beautiful examples of Fengyu Bridge in China.

    Tower Bridge, London, UK

    The Tower Bridge is one of the most recognizable and striking landmarks in London, and one that has done a great deal for defining the city’s history. The bridge was built at the end of the 19th century in order to relieve Victorian traffic jams on London Bridge. The bridge was called tawdry and pretentious when it was built, but it didn’t take long for Londoners to warm up to it.

    Pont du Gard, Gard department, France

    Tower Bridge photo by Jim Trodel

    It’s hard to believe that this majestic bridge was built almost 2000 years ago, but it’s true: Pont du Gard is part of an ancient aqueduct built by the Romans occupying these territories around the first century AD.

    The bridge has three levels of arches constructed of stone slabs so perfectly shaped that they don’t even need any mortar to stay stable.

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