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The Most Beautiful Bridges in the World

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Rialto Bridge
> Location: Venice, Italy
> Completed in: 1591

The oldest bridge over Venice’s Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge was first constructed as a floating bridge in 1173, then rebuilt as a wooden bridge in 1255. The current stone bridge, featuring a central portico and arch-lined walkways, was completed in 1591 and is a prominent tourist attraction in the city.

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Brooklyn Bridge
> Location: New York City, New York
> Completed in: 1883

This hybrid cable-suspension bridge features neo-Gothic towers and a wide promenade for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. In addition to being a tourist attraction and National Historic Landmark, the Brooklyn Bridge also conveys over 120,000 vehicles daily between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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Golden Bridge
> Location: Da Nang, Vietnam
> Completed in: 2018

This decorative bridge in the Bà Nà Hills French Village resort leads pedestrians from a cable car station to impressive flower gardens, offering an unobstructed mountain view along the way. Two massive fiberglass hands appear to be holding the bridge in midair.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge
> Location: Sydney, Australia
> Completed in: 1932

The world’s tallest steel arch bridge, the Sydney Harbor Bridge reaches 439 feet above the water. It is one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks and is often the focal point of light shows during the country’s various festivals and holidays.

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Stari Most
> Location: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
> Completed in: 1557/2004

Standing 78 feet over the turquoise waters of the Neretva river, Stari Most — literally “Old Bridge” — was originally commissioned by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557. After being destroyed in the Croat-Bosniak war in 1993, the bridge was reconstructed in the same Balkan-Islamic style, using materials and technology similar to the original construction.

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