Hanging Bridge Near Bilbao Spain
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If you thought that UNESCO World Heritage Sites were either fabulous natural landscape scenes or ancient ruins, you would be wrong, as I was! The Vizcaya Bridge (Bizkaiko Zubia in Basque, Puente de Vizcaya in Spanish) is neither a natural landscape nor an ancient ruin. It is a transporter bridge built in 1893 and still working today, carrying passengers and cars across the Nervion River between Portugalete (on the left) and Las Arenas (part of Getxo; on the right) not too far from Bilbao Spain. It is popularly called Puente Colgante or ‘hanging bridge’. What looks like a suspended tram car in midriver is the transporter, carrying up to 6 cars and about 200 people, plus a few motorcyles and/or bikes across the river in 1 ½ min. I had never heard of a transporter bridge, and it happens that fewer than two dozen were ever build with only 12 in use today. The Vizcaya Bridge was the first. Its purpose was to have a river crossing without impeding the flow of boat traffic. And if it wasn’t enough fun to cross the river and back in the gondola, you can also take a lift to the top and cross via the walkway 50 m above the river! On July 13, 2006, the Vizcaya Bridge was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In Spain, it is the only monument in the Industrial Heritage category. UNESCO considers the bridge to be a perfect function of beauty and functionality.
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Bizkaia, gondola, tram, suspension
January 15th, 2020
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