BILBAO - NOVEMBER 2008
The Puente Colgante» (Hanging Bridge) was inscribed in 2006 in the UNESCO's World Heritage List. According to the UNESCO's site, «Vizcaya Bridge straddles the mouth of the Ibaizabal estuary, west of Bilbao. It was designed by the Basque architect Alberto de Palacio and completed in 1893. The 45-m-high bridge with its span of 160 m, merges 19th-century ironworking traditions with the then new lightweight technology of twisted steel ropes. It was the first bridge in the world to carry people and traffic on a high suspended gondola and was used as a model for many similar bridges in Europe, Africa and the America only a few of which survive. With its innovative use of lightweight twisted steel cables, it is regarded as one of the outstanding architectural iron constructions of the Industrial Revolution».
"LAS ARENAS - To get to the bridge from Bilbao, the best way is taking the Underground to the Las Arenas station"
"PORTUGALETE - The Bridge was the solution to the problem of connecting the Las Arenas to Portugalete without disrupting the maritime traffic of the Port of Bilbao and without having to build a massive structure with long ramps"
"PUENTE COLGANTE - It is the world's oldest transporter bridge, designed by Alberto Palacio, one of Gustave Eiffel's disciples"
"PORTUGALETE - From the upper platform"
"PORT OF BILBAO"
"LAS ARENAS - From the upper platform of the bridge"
"NEPTUNE DEFEATED - Monument to Evaristo de Churruca, the builder of the Port of Bilbao"
Bharat of the wonderful blog Unseen Rajasthan, was so kind to pass me this lovely award. Thanks Bharat!