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The Most Beautiful Bridges in the World

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Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge
> Location: São Paulo, Brazil
> Completed in: 2008

This impressive cable-stayed bridge is known for its unique x-shaped tower, as well as its two curved, converging bridge decks that cross one another between the legs of the tower. The bridge was named after a prominent Brazilian businessman and newspaper publisher.

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Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge
> Location: Liuzhou, China
> Completed in: 1912

This ornate covered bridge between two villages in Chenyang serves as a public corridor and meeting place, with five pavilions, 19 verandas, and three levels. Stone piers support the wooden bridge — constructed without the use of nails — and decorative tiles line the roof.

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Tower Bridge
> Location: London, England
> Completed in: 1894

With a pair of bascules that can be raised to allow ships to pass beneath, Tower Bridge is a pedestrian and motor vehicle crossing over the Thames, featuring two 213 foot Neo-Gothic towers connected by two raised walkways.

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Kintai Bridge
> Location: Iwakuni, Japan
> Completed in: 1673

Originally built in 1673, this wooden bridge over the Nishiki River features five arches supported by four stone piers and two wooden piers. It was destroyed by a flood in 1950 and rebuilt three years later in the original style.

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Charles Bridge
> Location: Prague, Czech Republic
> Completed in: 1402

Lined with statues and made entirely from stone, this medieval arch bridge was built to replace an earlier one that was damaged by a flood in 1342. The bridge historically served as the only way to travel across the Vltava river, connecting Prague Castle with the Old Town center.

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