Special Report

The Most Beautiful Bridges in the World

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Khaju Bridge
> Location: Isfahan, Iran
> Completed in: 1650

Built during the Safavid Dynasty, the Khaju Bridge originally served as a public meeting place and contained a center pavilion from which the king could observe the view of the Zayanderud River. The Persian architecture features 23 arches and was originally adorned in paintings and tilework.

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Puente de la Mujer
> Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
> Completed in: 2001

This modern cantilever spar cable-stayed bridge swings open to allow ships to pass through on the Rio de la Plata river. The bridge’s striking single mast and asymmetrical design are the work of Spanish architect and structural engineer Santiago Calatrava, who designed a similar bridge in Seville, Spain.

Dona Ana Bridge
> Location: Mozambique
> Completed in: 1934

Originally a railroad bridge connecting coal fields to the port of Beira, the Dona Ana is now a motor vehicle and pedestrian bridge that connects the towns of Sena and Mutarara, and is the longest bridge on the Zambezi river.

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Pont Alexandre III
> Location: Paris, France
> Completed in: 1900

The most iconic of Paris’s 37 bridges over the Seine, the Pont Alexandre III affords views of the Eiffel Tower as well as multiple palaces and Napoleon’s tomb. The ornate deck arch bridge features art nouveau lamps and multiple sculptures of nymphs, cherubs, and winged horses.

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Golden Gate Bridge
> Location: San Francisco, California
> Completed in: 1937

The most photographed suspension bridge in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge is 746 feet tall, and was the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world when it was built in 1937. This bright vermillion feat of civil engineering attracts over 10 million visitors a year.

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