Thursday, March 06, 2014

Vizcaya Bridge - SPAIN - UNESCO #1217

Four postcards in my mailbox today, all new UNESCO WHS for my collection (nice!). The first one came from the Basque Country and it shows the ingenious bridge near Bilbao known as Vizcaya Bridge, disgned by a Basque architect disciple of the famous Gustave Eiffel (yes, the one of th tower in Paris). It's an amazing construction still in use. Thank you very much David for this postcard, my collection has now 318 different WHS, 663 to finish. This postcard took 8 days to arrive!

UNESCO #1217 - Vizcaya Bridge, Euskadi - SPAIN
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.

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