Bridges lead Queens to their castles, Brooklyn to New York, and commuters on their everyday route to work. Without bridges our world would be a different place, although we rarely stop to think about a world without bridges.
Back many years ago, the South American Inca civilization were among the first we know of to use bridges as a mode of transportation. Their rope bridges paved the way for many more bridges to develop in societies all over the world, and all throughout time.
Some bridges are big and beautiful, while other bridges play it simple and humble. These 20 bridges are incredibly mystical, for more reasons than one. Enjoy the view, and let your imagination run wild!
Huangshan, Anhui, China
Ronda, Malaga Spain
This 16th century convent is now transformed into an educational art museum. The amazing bridge that spans between the rio Guadalven was built in the 18th century and offers stunning views of the Serrania de Ronda mountains. Here, bullfighting got its start and continues to stampede the culture today.
Gorge De L’areuse in Switzerland
This beautiful Swiss Grand Canyon is open to all with the physical endurance and know-how to make it through the trying elements. Those that venture through these parts are rewarded with beautiful scenes straight out of a fairytale.
Hermitage Bridge, Scotland
Ponte Gobbo, Italy
Also known as the Hunchback Bridge and the Devil’s Bridge, the Ponte Gobbo serves as an important landmark of northern Italy in the small town of Bobbio. Here, much of the historical charm remains intact, including this bridge made of ancient stone straight from the Roman era. It was here in Bobbio that historians hypothesize Leonardo da Vinci created the Mona Lisa masterpiece.
Devil’s Bridge In Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria
Arching over the Arda River, the Devil’s Bridge belongs to an ancient road that connects the lowlands to the north Aegean Sea. It is believed that this bridge was built around 1515 by the Ottoman. It is one of the best of its time and in the entire area. In 1984 this bridge was declared a monument of culture.
Glenfinnan Viduct, Scotland
Bridge leading across the Merced River, Yosemite, USA
This 18th century packhorse bridge is part of the reason the town of Carrbridge is known for having such rich historical charm.
The municipality of Bermeo owns the Gaztelugatze islet located off of the coast of Biscay. The islet is connected by a man made bridge of king and queen proportions.
Gapstow Bridge, New York, USA
Root Bridge in India
Sometimes the roots of tree branches form together into amazing natural bridges, often strong enough for humans to walk across. This tree root bridge in India serves as a double decker!
Moon Bridge in Taipei, Taiwan
There are different moon bridges found throughout China and Japan, they were made with a high arch as an attempt to reflect the notion of a circle, emphasizing the importance and beauty of the moon.
Stari Most, Bosnia And Herzegovina
The Stari Most bridge is a recreation of an Ottoman built bridge from the 16th-century. The bridge spans over Neretva river, connecting two parts of the city together.
Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA
Located along the Columbia River Highway, this historic bridge spans before the incredible Multnomah Falls waterfall.
Pindos Mountains, Greece
Latefossen Waterfall, Norway
Rakotiz Brucke, Germany
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