If you’ve clicked on this article, the chances are you are interested in civil engineering, or you just really love bridges. Either way, we know where you are coming from! To persuade you to take an engineering course, we’ve found seven of the world’s most beautiful bridges. If these don’t persuade you to take a course, we really don’t know what will!
Brooklyn Bridge, New York
The Brooklyn Bridge opened to the public on 24 May, 1883 after fourteen years of construction. It soon after dubbed as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
One of the most famous bridges in the world, when it was completed in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world, at a total length of 8,921 feet.
Ponte Vecchio, Florence
The oldest wholly-stone built segmental arch bridge in Europe, it’s safe to say, this ancient bridge really is beautiful. Did you know, it still has shops built along it, as was once common in Medieval times.
Gateshead Millenium Bridge, Gateshead
The award winning Millennium Bridge is actually the first and only tilting bridge in the world. The bridge takes under five minutes to rotate from closed to open and has been nicknamed the ‘blinking eye bridge’.
Helix Bridge, Singapore
Constructed from glass and steel mesh, at night The Helix Bridge is illuminated by electric blue lights. Pairs of coloured letters c and g as well as, a and t are also lit up at night in red and green – these represent cytosine, guanine, adenine and thymine, the four bases of DNA.
Khaju Bridge, Iran
Built by the King in the seventeenth century, the Khaju Birdge in Iran serves as both a bridge and a dam. The bridge is 133 metres long and 12 metres wide, with 24 arches that are decorated with beautifully coloured tiles.
Millau Viaduct Bridge, France
Last but certainly not least, the beautiful Millau Viaduct Bridge, which is the tallest bridge in the world. A collaboration between French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster, the bridge cost around €400 million to build, but is definitely worth it.
If you’ve got the urge to learn how to construct such wonders, why not take a look at the civil engineering courses listed on the site? Who knows where your designs might end up...?
Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.