Pics: Beautiful bridges

 
 
 
  • Tower bridge, London: An iconic symbol of London, the bridge takes its name from the Tower of London which is located close by. It is is a combined bascule and suspension bridge and crosses the River Thames. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as London Bridge, which is actually located a little further upstream. (Shutterstock)

  • Askøy Bridge, Norway: The Askøy Bridge is a suspension bridge which crosses Byfjorden between Bergen and Askøy in Hordaland, Norway. It is 1,057 meters long and has a main span of 850 meters, making it the longest suspension bridge in Norway (Wikipedia)

  • Bridge of sighs, Venice, Italy: Probably one of the most famous bridges in the world with the saddest story. Passing over the Rio di Palazzo and connecting the interrogation rooms with the prison, it was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. (Shutterstock)

  • Chengyang Bridge, China: This spectacular bridge is a quaint combination of painting, bridge, corridor, veranda and Chinese pavilion. It has two platforms (at the two ends of the bridge), 3 piers, 4 spans, 5 pavilions, 19 verandas, and three floors. While it looks ancient, it was actually completed as recently as 1916. The bridge is located in Chengyang, and serves as the link between two populous villages. (Wikipedia)

  • Millau Viaduct, France: Spanning the valley of the river Tarn near Millau in southern France, this cable stayed road bridge looks like something from a futuristic dream. It’s the tallest bridge in the world, with one mast's summit reaching 343.0 metres above the base of the structure.(PHB.cz (Richard Semik) / Shutterstock.com)

  • Khaju Bridge, Isfahan, Iran: A stunning piece of architecture, this bridge was built by the Persian Safavid king, Shah Abbas II around 1650 on the foundations of an older bridge. It serves as a bridge, a dam wall and a place for public meetings. (Shutterstock)

  • Python Bridge, Holland: More like a water dragon than a python, this curvy red footbridge connects Sporenburg with the island of Borneo in Holland. It was built in 2001 and won the award for best footbridge in the world a year later. (goamsterdam)

  • Stari Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Translated into English Stari Most means Old Bridge. The current one is a reconstruction on an old Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It crosses the river Neretva and connects two parts of the city. (Shutterstock)

  • Sundial Bridge, Redding, California: This cantilever spar cable-stayed bridge spans the Sacramento River in California and forms part of a massive sundial. It’s a pedestrian bridge that allows access to the Turtle Bay Exploration park. (Shutterstock)

  • The Old Bridge of Konitsa, Greece: This centuries-old bridge spans the river Aoos which is full during winter months, though rather dry in summer. Underneath the summit of the bridge hangs a small bell that villagers say is a warning system to tell them when the wind is too strong to cross the bridge. (theworldgeography.com)