Top 23 best bridges in the world - is Third Mainland bridge qualified?

02/03/2019

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Best bridges in the world come in different size, shape and style. They're truly masterpieces of architecture, some you can't even imagine how possible to build them. Check their info and pictures inside!

To determine which are best bridges in the world or most unique bridges on Earth, we had to do quite a lot of research and consult different sources. Finally, Naijauto.com has found 23 amazing bridges around the world that will definitely blow your mind compared to others you might know before. Apart from these amazing ones, we have also been able to discover and fish out some extraordinary bridges that are just unique in all sense. In this article, we will give you a brief you about them all. Read on!

Which are the best bridges in the world?

There are lots of amazing, jaw-dropping bridges from all over the world and it will be really hard to conclude or pick the best bridge in the world among all of them. Reason being that lots of factors are considered in comparing and rating these bridges. These factors will vary from one category to the other and there wouldn’t be any single bridge that could have it all and fit to be concluded as the “world’s best bridge” or the “best bridge in the world”. Meanwhile, we have compiled a list of some of the best bridges from all over the world that are very popular and extremely outstanding among others like them.

Below is a list of voted best bridges in the world that we think you should definitely check out anytime soon:

1. Helix Bridge, Singapore

This bridge is such a remarkable masterpiece found in Singapore. It used to be called the Double Helix bridge before now officially known as the Helix Bridge. It has been opened since 2010 and was placed strategically to link the Marina South with the Marina Centre. This visually mesmerizing bridge is definitely a pure work of art in design examined from all angles.

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The Helix is lit up in the dark for its visitors to enjoy their memorable night on the bridge

2. Confederation Bridge, Canada

You might have read about the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge, or longest river bridge, right?

Well, this is different. The Confederation Bridge was officially opened on the 31st of May, the year 1997. This Confederation bridge happens to currently be the world’s longest ice-covered water crossing bridge. Is that title confusing? Let’s break it down for you. The title is simply saying that this Confederation bridge crosses over a very long span of ice-covered water area and not just long alone, it is the longest bridge that spans across such a large ice-covered water area.

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The Confederation bridge, Canada is the world’s longest ice-covered water crossing bridge

This toll bridge currently spans a massive 12.9 km length and stretches to the length of the Northumberland Strait, which connects Borden-Carleton to the Cape Jourimain in New Brunswick.

3. New Brunswick Hartland Bridge, Canada

The New Brunswick Hartland Bridge is a 1,282ft (390m) long covered bridge that was opened officially on the 4th of July, 1901 and the New Brunswick government later purchased it in the year 1906.

It had lighting installed in 1924 and an added walkway by its side in 1945. This bridge has lots of interesting stories attached to it. It was declared in 1980 as a National Historic Site while it's not until 1999 that it was declared as a Provincial Historic Site.

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The Hartland covered bridge is one of those ancient “kissing bridges”

This bridge happens to be the World’s Longest Covered bridge and was also one of the “kissing bridges” just like every other covered bridge found in New Brunswick. The tagline “Kissing bridge” actually dates back to the ages of horses and wagons when a horse would be specially trained to actually stop and wait just midway on the bridge to get couples a chance to share kisses before continuing to the end of the bridge.

4. Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Hungary

This bridge was actually named in honor of Count István Széchenyi, who was the initiator of the chain bridge project.

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The beauty of this bridge comes out more at night when it is lit up

We will be right if we refer to this bridge as “a uniting bridge”. This chain bridge was officially opened in the year 1849. It is such a unique bridge as it was the first connection between Buda (Hungary’s ancient capital) and Pest in Hungary. We could say from history it was the first permanent uniting link between nobles and non-nobles in the nation.

5. Sunniberg Bridge, Switzerland

This bridge is an extra dosed type of road bridge with an aesthetically pleasing view and innovative design. The bridge indeed has a very interesting construction layout.

It is a 5-bay cable-stayed type of bridge that is supported by some unusually low set of pylons on top of over 60m high piers. It has a slender deck that consists of a slightly thickened edges continuous slab. It then forms a closed system structurally with the combination of these piers and pylons.

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Each cable on the Sunniberg Bridge can be removed without stopping the traffic

The cables (parallel) of these Sunniberg Bridge are fixed in the recessed pylons’ steel sleeves, and the best part about this bridge is the ease of maintenance. The construction of this Sunniberg Bridge has been calculated and implemented in such a way that each cable could be removed one-by-one at any time during maintenance without stopping traffic on the bridge and/or causing nasty accidents.

6. Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge, China

This is such a unique wooden-structured bridge - an architectural masterpiece of the Dong people of China. The bridge has a body of a long corridor on which two, three or more pavilion kind of structures are set. The Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge are right in the front as a welcoming architecture of a Dong Village and its name has actually been given by these Dong people because it serves as a fine shelter to keep them from winds and rains during bad weathers.

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The Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge serves as a fine shelter for the Dong people during bad weathers

The Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge is made of stone and wood, stretching across the Linxi River in Dong Village in China. The bridge is 64.4m in length, 3.4m in width and 10.6m in height.

The best part about this Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge is that no rivets or nails were used in its construction. Instead, it has been cleverly constructed by talented Dong people using purely dove-tailed pieces of wood. The bridge is now several decades old, yet it is still as sturdy as ever.

7. Khaju Bridge, Iran

Khaju bridge is located in the Si-o-seh Pol eastern side on the Zayanderud River in Isfahan, Iran.

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Khaju bridge and Allah Verdi Khan bridge in Isfahan share a similar design

This bridge is 12m wide and has a length of 133m. During the Safavid era, it was considered one of the most beautiful bridges across the globe. In appearance, Khaju bridge has some sort of mild similarities to the Allah Verdi Khan bridge also in Isfahan, Iran.

8. Vasco da Gama Bridge, Portugal

This bridge was named after Vasco da Gama – Portugal’s most important discoverer. It was officially opened for public plying on the 29th of March 1998.

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Sunset on Vasco da Gama Bridge in Portugal

The construction of the Vasco da Gama Bridge took 1 year and 6 months to complete with about 3,300 workers participating in the construction. The bridge was actually built as an alternative route to help reduce traffic congestion on the existing 25 de Abril bridge which connects the Northern and Southern regions of Portugal together.

9. Millau Viaduct, France

The Millau Viaduct bridge is currently the world’s tallest bridge, and its located in the Southern region of France. It was constructed in 3 years, and this bridge’s architecture and engineering is indeed a marvel. This bridge measures to be a whopping 1,125ft (343m) at its highest point and that’s like taller by 62ft (19m) than the famous Eiffel Tower! No other bridge has been able to measure such length at the peak till date.

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The Millau Viaduct is currently the tallest bridge in the world

10. Lupu Bridge, China

This is an outstanding bridge that received an IABSE 2008 Outstanding Structure award and was described in the award as being:

'A soaring box-arch bridge with a record span, clean impressive lines and innovative use of the side spans of the arch and the deck to resist the thrust of the main arch'

The Lupu Arch bridge is an amazing masterpiece with 3-span steel including 2 side spans of 100m and a 550m center span.

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The Lupu Arch Bridge received an IABSE 2008 Outstanding Structure award

The Lupu Arch bridge has two pedestrian sightseeing walkways and six lanes for vehicles to ply. It is located in Shanghai, China.

11. Seri Wawasan Bridge, Malaysia

The next bridge is called the Jambatan Seri Wawasan Bridge by locals and is located in Putrajaya in Malaysia.

The Seri Wawasan Bridge actually spans across the artificial lake in Putrajaya with a dual three laneway for vehicles and walkway for cycles and pedestrians. It has this futuristic beautiful design of which is made cable-stayed with a steel pylon of Y-shape.

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The Seri Wawasan Bridge is a beautiful cable-stayed bridge with a Y-shaped steel pylon

12. Royal Gorge Bridge, United States

This bridge is located in Colorado’s Canon City, USA. It has been built since 1929 and it retained the title for the world’s highest bridge from then till 2003.

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The Royal Gorge Bridge has a dangerous height of 1,053ft and was the world’s highest bridge from 1929 to 2003

The Royal Gorge Bridge is 1,053ft in height and is surely one of the best, spectacular and astonishing bridges in the world till date. This bridge hangs at a 956ft above river level and is one of the highest suspension bridges in the world.

13. Pont du Gard Aqueduct, France

The name Pont du Gard is a French expression that actually translates in English to “Bridge of the Guard”.

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A beautiful night view of the Pont du Gard Aqueduct

The Pont du Gard bride consists 3 tiers of arches which rise to a 47m (155ft) height and was actually built without mortar just like every other best of Roman constructions.

14. Tower Bridge, England

The Tower Bridge is a movable bridge that is of the double-leaf bascule type and it spans the River Thames in England. The completion of this bridge is dated back to the year 1894 and that’s to tell you how old the bridge has been till date.

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The Tower Bridge is a movable bridge although its leaves are only seldom raised these days

This bridge is about 800ft (240m) long and it provides a 250ft (76m) wide opening. The twin towers of the bridge rise to about 200ft (61m) above the River Thames.

15. Nanpu Bridge, China

The Nanpu bridge was opened on 1st of September, 1991 to the public and it is the sister bridge to one Yangpu bridge which spans across the Huangpu River and both are in Shanghai, China. It is an astonishing spiral bridge that showcases beautiful craftsmanship in bridge design.

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How could people have constructed such a remarkable interchange?

The Nanpu bridge is 8346m long and it is also one of the world’s longest cable-stayed bridges as it has a main span of about 423m (1,388ft). The bridge has a main area of 30.35m width and it is six vehicles lanes with a specified speed limit of 40 km per hour.

16. Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China

The Hangzhou Bay Bridge is the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge with a 22 miles length completed on the 14th of June, 2007 and officially opened on the 26th of the same month.

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The Hangzhou Bay Bridge is the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge

It is a cable-stayed designed highway bridge that has been built so strong to withstand extreme weather conditions and natural disasters like earthquake and hurricanes.

17. Pearl Bridge (Akashi-Kaikyo), Japan

The Pearl Bridge is also called the Akashi Strait Bridge or Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. It is a suspension bridge that spans across the Akashi Strait or Akashi-Kaikyo in west-central Japan. This bridge is 12,831ft (3,911m) in length and it has 3 spans.

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The crystal blue background in Pearl Bridge, Japan

18. Tsing Ma Bridge, China

This bridge is one engineering marvel as it links the Lantau Island to the other parts of Hong Kong, China. It has a total length of 2.16km and a main span of 1.37km with a height of 206m.

The Tsing Ma bridge has been opened to public traffic since the year 1997 till date.

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A beautiful aerial side view of the Tsing Ma Bridge at night

19. Gateshead Millennium Bridge, England

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the first and only tilting bridge in the world! This unique bridge was engineered by Gifford and designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

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The Gateshead Millennium Bridge resembles a giant harp on River Tyne

20. Brooklyn Bridge, United States

The Brooklyn Bridge was opened in the year 1883 and it spanned across 1596ft between its 2 towers over the East River in New York City, United States.

The Brooklyn Bridge is the first steel suspension bridge in the world and it is an icon in New York as it connects Manhattan and Brooklyn together.

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The Brooklyn Bridge was a 19th-Century brilliant feat of engineering

21. Ponte Vecchio, Italy

Ponte Vecchio is an Italian expression that translates to “Old bridge” in English. It was completed in the year 1345 and it spans over the Arno River in Florence, Italy.

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The Ponte Vecchio is a historical bridge that survived the World War II

This bridge has witnessed a lot of history events and it was even the only bridge that survived World War II without being destroyed by the German Army.

22. Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932 and has since then served as a transportation link between the suburbs (northern side) and Sydney’s main harbor areas in Australia.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel-arch bridge that spans across the Port Jackson

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the world’s longest steel-arch bridges as it spans about 1,650ft (500m) area. This bridge features a walkway, a highway and 4 railroad tracks.

23. Golden Gate Bridge, United States

The Golden Gate Bridge is an impressive suspension bridge that was completed in the year 1937 and was opened for public traffic on the 28th of May, 1937. This bridge links Marin County (north) and San Francisco as it spans the Golden Gate in California, United States.

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The Golden Gate Bridge is said to be the world’s most photographed bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is so magnificent in its settings and is rated to be “the world’s most photographed bridge”. This bridge has a main span of 4,200ft (1280m) in length with two cables hanging from a 746ft (227m) high towers; the roadway of this bridge at the midpoint is 265ft (81m) in height above water.

24. Third Mainland Bridge, Nigeria

Did we just include the Third Mainland bridge? Yes, that’s right!

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Our Third Mainland Bridge

Wondering why there is the 24th bridge on a list that is supposed to be 23? Or you are wondering how can Lagos Third Mainland bridge be among the best in the world?

Well, it is best for us 😊. Don’t ask why, please.

Top 10 Most Amazing Bridges In The World

2. Unique bridges around the world

Besides the list of all longest, biggest, highest and best bridges in the world, there are many other bridges that deserve your "Wow". We will just put their names down here and you can research their full details and photos online later. See the list below:

  • Henderson Waves, Singapore
  • Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, Brazil
  • Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
  • Golden Bridge, Vietnam

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Golden Bridge - The Hands of God is a must-visit destination when coming to Vietnam

  • Da Vinci Bridge, Norway
  • Pythonbrug, Holland

Final Words:

Having read about all the 23 best bridges of the world, we strongly recommend that you check out each bridge from our list of unique bridges around the world too, you will truly believe that human’s creativity has no limit. If possible, try to save your money and come to visit each bridge for real!

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Oluwaseun Solomon is a prolific and diligent automobile writer at Naijauto.com. He's also an experienced digital marketer and a creative multimedia developer that specializes in video editing. He currently contributes informative and easy to read articles on topics covering transportation, traffic updates, auto industry updates, and different car reviews.
When Solomon is not writing, you will either find him composing music, editing videos or simply enjoying YouTube "TEDx Talk" videos with a chilled drink :)

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