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Bridges are too often an unadmired aspect of the architectural world. So, just under a year after the opening of the world's first double helix bridge in Singapore, here's a look at some of the planet's most impressive examples.

Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, United States)

Lets get this one out of the way straight off shall we? San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is an icon. While some may not be inspired by the industrial age suspension bridge design, it is undeniable that the the San Francisco we know today would not be the same without its skyline being graced by this mega beauty.

Points for design, history, and beauty.


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Sydney Harbor Bridge (Sydney, Australia)

Nicknamed "The Coat Hanger" by Sydney locals because of its arch-based design, the Sydney Harbor Bridge opened in 1932 and is a focal point of Aussie pride and celebrations.

For aspiring bridge climbers BridgeClimb offers people just that, a climb up the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Interesting factoid: Every year for New Year's Eve the bridge itself is used to compliment fireworks displays creating various effects like smiley faces and a disco ball.

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Ponte Vecchio (Florence, Italy)

A Medieval bridge over the Arno River, the Ponte Vecchio is mainly known for its shops of jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers and for being Europe's oldest wholly-stone, closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge -- whatever that means.

Regardless, the Ponte Vecchio Brige is gorgeous and has a rich history dating back to the time of the Romans.

Interesting factoid: During World War II the bridge was not destroyed by the Nazis -- unlike most other bridges in Europe -- under an express order from Adolf Hitler.

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Brooklyn Bridge (New York City, New York)

Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. A National Historic Landmark, the Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic feature of New York.

Interesting factoid: The bridge's first suicide jump was on May 20, 1885.

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Gateshead Millenium Bridge (Gateshead, England)

The Gateshead Millenium Bridge is the world's first and currently only tilting bridge. But the most amazing thing about this pedestrian and biker crossing of the Tyne River is that it appears as if an eye is winking whenever it is raised and lowered.

Its innovative and unique design has won loads of awards since the Queen officially opened it in 2002.

Interesting factoid: Was lowered into place by Europe's largest floating crane -- Asian Hercules II.

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Tsing Ma Bridge (Hong Kong, China)

Hong Kong's Tsing Ma Bridge is largest suspension bridge in the world to feature two decks and carry both road and rail traffic.

Not only that, but it was subjected to some serious wind tunnel testing as Hong Kong is subject to some really nasty typhoons on a yearly basis. After costing HK$7.2 billion, the Tsing Ma Bridge opened in 1997.

Interesting factoid: There are no walkways on the bridge and it features sheltered carriageways on the lower deck when very strong winds prove to be too much for vehicles to safely handle.

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Akashi-Kaikyō or Pearl Bridge (Kobe-Naruto, Japan)

The Pearl Bridge currently holds the title of "World's Longest Suspension Bridge" with a span of 1,991 meters. The second longest is China's Xihoumen Bridge.

A modern engineering feat, the Pearl Bridge has remained the world's longest since 1998.

Interesting factoid: The Pearl Bridge stood a true test of strength even before it opened when it survived the Hyogo-ken Nanbu Earthquake on January 17, 1995 with flying colors.

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