World’s amazingly unique bridges
KHAJU BRIDGE, ISHAFAN, IRAN
At first glance, you will not think of it as a bridge. It's more like a complete architectural complex that was built on the river. That is what makes Khaju unique.
Khaju Bridge was built in 1650. Its main function was to serve as a canal to regulate the flow of the Zayandeh River. The underwater part of the bridge is like a giant drainage system that can flexibly open or close to serve the needs of people's water use. The bridge's overhanging part is built of brick and stone with fancy architectural style that makes it look like a palace corridor, turning it into a unique bridge symbolizing the city of Ishafan.
Today, after more than 400 years of history, Khaju is not only a dam or canal but also an attractive destination for tourists and locals. Every evening, a scenic scene appears with sunlight covering brick wall in yellow and strollers resting, relaxing on the steps.
TOWER BRIDGE, LONDON, ENGLAND
Perhaps just looking at the photo, you can tell the name and history of this famous bridge in the UK. Built over 120 years ago, the bridge across the romantic Thames River has become the main transportation route connecting the two sides. The beauty of the building makes it a symbol of England in general and of London in particular.
PONTE DI RIALTO, VENICE, ITALIA
Venice is an intricate city full of canals, soaking in water all year round. The number of bridges connecting the banks is uncountable. The Rialto Bridge is one of them, but it is not like the rest of the city. It is the oldest bridge in Venice, with over 400 years of history.
Unique V-shaped design with brick roof is still durable over time. From the bridge, you can look over an immense part of water and watch the boats floating like weaving looms.
PONTE VECCHIO, FLORENCE, ITALIA
It will be such a pity if you visit Florence checking out the Old Bridge – Ponte Vechhio. It is not just a bridge, it is also called a "river houses" because looking at the bridge from a distance, it is like a row of houses floating on the water. However, in fact, these "houses" are actually souvenir stores to sever the needs of visitors.
CHENGZANG BRIDGE, LIUZHOU, CHINA
This bridge is also called the "Wind-Rain" Bridge. At first glance it resembles a communal house with a typical dome of Buddhism. The bridge’s piers are made of stone, the main body is made of wood with tile roof above. Chengzang Bridge is 64.4m long. The beauty of the bridge lies in the characteristic Eastern culture.
By: Archie Henderson