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Notable Bridges

Monumental bridges within the inscribed areas (not being aquaducts, that is a separate connection). Bridges must be named, and remarkable because of their length/height/way of construction/age. See also this ICOMOS-study.

World Heritage Sites connected to Notable Bridges

  • Albi Pont Vieux (originated in 1035)
  • Ani Silk Road Bridge (ca. 10th century AD)
  • Arab-Norman Palermo Admiral’s Bridge (12th century) Link
  • Avignon Pont Saint-Bénézet, medieval bridge commemorated in the song "Sur le pont d'Avignon"
  • Berat and Gjirokastra Gorica Bridge (Berat) Link
  • Bordeaux Pont de Pierre (1822), a stone bridge in French Classical style and with nineteen arches, more than 500m long. Link
  • Bridgetown Chamberlain Bridge Link
  • Budapest Széchenyi Chain Bridge, the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest (1849) - "It has asserted an enormous significance in the country's economic, social and cultural life, ... It became a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the linkage between East and West." (wiki) Link
  • Camino Real Puente de San Rafael
  • Changdeokgung Palace Complex Geumcheongyo Bridge
  • City of Bath Pulteney Bridge (1773, "one of only four bridges in the world with shops across the full span on both sides"), Ornamental Palladian Bridge in Prior Park
  • City of Luxembourg Pont Adolphe (1900-1903), "Adolphe Bridge has become an unofficial national symbol of sorts, representing Luxembourg's independence.... In total, the bridge would have a length of 153 m. The plans were audacious for that day and age; at 84.65 m, the central span was to be the largest stone arch in existence" (wiki) Link
  • Cocos Island Pancho Bridge Link
  • Cordoba Roman Bridge, built in the early 1st century BC Link
  • Cuenca Puente de San Pablo (iron and wooden construction from 1902, replacing the 16th century original)
  • Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Ten-Eyed Bridge
  • Florence Ponte Vecchio (1345), a stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge & Ponte Santa Trinitá (1569), the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world Link
  • Forth Bridge
  • Fortifications of Vauban Pont d'Asfeld (location 1283-004): Designed by Vauban. Work on the bridge, led by the Marquis of Asfeld, was completed in 1731. Link
  • Grand Canal Precious Belt Bridge: the first construction of the bridge dates back to the year 816 AD, during the mid Tang dynasty Link
  • Grand-Bassam Pont de la Victoire
  • Great Wall Jiumenkou
  • Haghpat and Sanahin Sanahin Bridge Link
  • High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago High Coast Bridge, a suspension bridge (1997). At a length of 1,867 meters, it the eleventh longest of the world Link
  • Hoi An Japanese Bridge: "There is a fine wooden bridge, reminiscent of Japanese examples, with a pagoda on it. It has existed from at least the early 18th century, as an inscription indicates, but it has been reconstructed many times." (AB evaluation) Link
  • Hortobágy Nine Arch Bridge (the longest stone bridge in Hungary)
  • Ironbridge Gorge the world's first iron bridge (1779)
  • Island of Saint-Louis Pont Faidherbe Link
  • Itsukushima Shrine Soribashi Bridge, the oldest arched wooden bridge in Japan, can be used only by imperial messenger.
  • Kaesong Sonjuk Bridge (built in 1290, location of infamous assassination)
  • Kew Gardens The Sackler Crossing Link
  • Loire Valley This corps of specialists gave the Neo-Classical period a range of monumental and elegant bridges on rivers as the Loire (Blois, Orléans, Saumur) ... (see link) Link
  • Machu Picchu Inca Bridge Link
  • Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  • Mérida Puente Romano, the longest surviving bridge from ancient times, having once featured an estimated overall length of 755 m with 62 spans Link
  • Mostar Stari Most, a 16th century Ottoman bridge. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on November 9, 1993 during the Croat-Bosniak War. It was rebuilt in 2004. Link
  • Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha Haoshang bridge Link
  • Mtskheta Pompey's bridge (according to legends built by Roman legionnaires of Pompey the Great in 1st century BC)
  • Nikko Sacred Shinkyo or Shogun's Bridge (1638), the oldest known cantilever. Link
  • Old Town of Lijiang Shuangshi Bridge
  • Oporto Luis I's Bridge, a metal arch bridge that at the time of construction it was the longest of its type in the world (172m); Maria Pia Bridge, a wrought iron railway bridge designed by Eiffel
  • Ouro Preto 18th century Marilia and Ponte do Contos Link
  • Paris, Banks of the Seine Pont Neuf (1607), a stone arch bridge with two spans; Pont de la Concorde (1791), the most perfect masonry arch bridge by Jean-Rodolphe Perronet Link
  • Pont du Gard It's both an Aquaduct and a Bridge ("After the collapse of the Roman Empire and the aqueduct's fall into disuse, the Pont du Gard remained largely intact due to the importance of its secondary function as a toll bridge." - wiki)
  • Prague Charles Bridge, a medieval stone bridge adorned with 30 statues Link
  • Qhapaq Ñan Puente Q'eswachaca (rope bridge) Link
  • Regensburg Steinerne Brücke (1146): this stone bridge opened major international trade routes between Northern Europe and Venice, and this started Regensburg's golden age as a city of wealthy trading families Link
  • Route of Santiago de Compostela Puente la Reina, Kingdom of Navarre tourist web site: "the Romanesque Kridge across the river Arga is the most amazing sight of all. It is one of the most beautiful and distinguished examples of Romanesque architecture on the way to Santiago and is what gives its name to this town"
  • Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France Includes 7 bridges, such as the 11th century Pont du Diable on the Hérault River and the Pont Valentré, a fourteenth century six-span fortified stone arch bridge Link
  • Sagarmatha National Park Larja Dobhan bridge Link
  • Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple Lotus Flower Bridge and Seven Treasures Bridge; Blue Cloud Bridge and White Cloud Bridge "These pair of bridges share the 45 degree incline, arch underneath, and the combination bridge/staircase design of their brother bridges." - wiki
  • Shushtar Caesar's bridge, Bridge of Valerian or Shadirwan: an ancient arch bridge, the first in the country to combine it with a dam; built by a Roman workforce in the 3rd century AD on Sassanid order, it was also the most eastern Roman bridge Link
  • St. Petersburg Blue Bridge, Lions Bridge, Egyptian Bridge
  • Summer Palace Seventeen Arch Bridge (18th century), a 150 meter long stone bridge resembling a rainbow arching over the water Link
  • Summer Palace The Jade Belt Bridge is an 18th-century pedestrian Moon bridge. It is famous for its distinctive tall thin single arch. (wiki) Link
  • Trier the 2nd century AD Roman bridge (Römerbrücke) across the Moselle, the oldest bridge north of the Alps still crossed by traffic Link
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley Drususbrucke over the Nahe in Bingen. The oldest mediaeval bridge in Germany. The nomination was extenend during evaluation at the suggestion of ICOMOS to include the bridge. See Link
  • Val di Noto Ponte di San Francesco at Caltagirone
  • Venice and its Lagoon Rialto Bridge, a single span stone bridge (1591), its design similar to the wooden bridge it succeeded. Link
  • Verona Ponte Pietra, a Roman arch bridge that was completed in 100 BC. The Via Postumia from Genua to the Brenner Pass passed over it.
  • Victoria Falls The Victoria Falls Bridge is a steel bridge from 1905, built over the Second Gorge of the falls. It is on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Link
  • Vizcaya Bridge Vizcaya Bridge, the oldest transporter bridge in the world Link
  • West Lake Broken Bridge, well known in Legend of White Snake, one of the Chinese great four love stories Link
  • Willemstad Queen Emma Bridge, a pontoon bridge Link

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