You’d be forgiven for not paying much attention to the bridges you cross on a day-to-day basis. The main thing is that they get you from A to B, and they often blend in with the rest of the footpath or road.
Not these bridges though. Bridges that coil up like a snail’s shell, bridges formed from the slow process of guiding tree roots, you can’t help but notice these stand-out bridges! Here,
Living Roots Bridges in India
Patience and adaptability are as much a part of these bridges as the roots that form them. These beautiful natural bridges were formed by guiding rubber tree roots with hollow canes so that they would grow outwards and meet from either side of a stream. It would take years to reach the opposite bank, but the hard work paid off as these Living Roots bridges can support the weight of a human. They were originally made by the Khasi tribe, who realised the bamboo bridges they were building would collapse or rot after a monsoon or heavy storm.
Dragon Bridge in Vietnam
Of all the bridges on this list, this one is arguably the most spectacular sight! Located in Da Nang in Vietnam, the bridge is the result of an international competition by the Da Nang People’s Committee in order to improve travel in the city. The bridge has six lanes for vehicles, two lanes for pedestrians, and 2,500 LED lights.
Best of all, the Dragon Bridge lives up to its name and can breathe fire. In fact, the bridge can spout water or fire, and this display is often used for special occasions in the city.
The Rolling Bridge in England
This steel bridge was created by Heatherwick Studios. What makes this bridge so unique is that it can tidy itself away! When needed, this bridge curls up into an octogen shape to stand on one side of the canal until a boat passes. The bridge also curls up every day at noon, if you want to see it in action!
Rakotzbrücke in Germany
This bridge forms a perfect circle when viewed alongside its reflection. The bridge is said to have been commissioned by a knight in 1860. But the rocks and stones used for its creation are jagged and spiky, so it was dangerous to cross.
Earth Trekkers state that there were other Devil’s Bridges built in the past as that they served as a masonry challenge. The idea was that only Satan himself could help with a difficult build such as these bridges, and the first human who crossed the completed bridge would pay for the Devil’s helping hand by giving up his soul.
For reasons of preservation, the bridge is not open for crossing anymore. But it is still an oddly beautiful sight to behold!
Da Vinci Bridge in Norway
This bridge is built from 500-year-old designs for a proposed bridge across the Golden Horn in Istanbul by Leonardo da Vinci. The original drawing had a single span of 240 metres, but the project did not go ahead as it was believed that such a design was not feasible.
The bridge was instead built hundreds of years later in Norway and proved to be the first major engineering success from a da Vinci drawing. The bridge has just three arches to support the structure. Though the Norwegian bridge is a smaller version of the original plans, it shows that the design works — one arch under the bridge, and two arches either side leaning inwards to spread the weight.