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Amazing bridges of the world

In an age where maintaining social ties is so important, The Peak delves into design to look at actual structures meant to connect.

In an age where making connections is all the more important, amid a world where we are called to maintain social distance for our health, The Peak takes a look at architectural formations meant to connect – based on a Trainline analysis of the most visually arresting designs in transport hubs.

You might have walked these very bridges before while jetting across the world, but, with travel plans scuppered by the pandemic, now is as good a time as any to learn about their design history, so you have a better appreciation of the history and significance of these constructions.

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    Kintai Bridge (Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan)

    Five wooden archways suspended on columns of stone make up this distinguished landmark. The bridge has been rebuilt and renovated several times due to severe weather conditions - it was built in 1673, was destroyed by a typhoon in 1950, then reconstructed in 1953. Renovation works, to the tune of two billion yen, were carried out in the early noughties. Unusually, visitors have to pay a fee, even to cross it on foot. The name is supposedly inspired by the traditional Japanese nishiki obi, a sash worn with kimonos, which the bridge is said to resemble.

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