Special Report

The Most Beautiful Bridges in the World

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The Root Bridges
> Location: Cherrapunji, India
> Completed in: N/A

The town of Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places in the world, is known for its many living root bridges. These utilitarian walkways, made of rubber tree roots, are fashioned by locals, who braid and tie the roots to train their direction of growth.

Millau Viaduct
> Location: Creissels, France
> Completed in: 2004

Standing at 1,104 feet tall, this viaduct through the Tarn River valley is the tallest bridge in the world, and is often considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the 21st century. The multi-span cable-stayed bridge was designed by engineer Michel Virlogeux and architect Norman Foster.

Water Canal Bridge
> Location: Dubai, UAE
> Completed in: 2017

A pedestrian footbridge over Dubai Canal, this unique walkway features a twisting aluminum truss that provides sun protection and imparts the illusion of motion. It is the third of three pedestrian bridges built over the canal starting in 2014.

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Landwasser Viaduct
> Location: Graubünden, Switzerland
> Completed in: 1902

A curved train bridge supported by six limestone arches, the Landwasser Viaduct towers 213 feet over the Landwasser River in the alpine canton of Graubünden, surrounded by a spruce forest and mountain peaks.

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Bixby Creek Bridge
> Location: California, USA
> Completed in: 1932

Along California’s scenic coastal Route 1, the Bixby Creek Bridge abuts the Pacific Ocean near Big Sur. It is one of the most photographed bridges in the state and is one of the highest single-span arch bridges in the world.

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