Bridges built with ancient or modern techniques always attract the attention of both the inhabitants of the town or the city and the visitors.
But since these structures are built with wood materials, it is all the more amazing that they have endured for decades and even centuries. For this reason, they have suffered deterioration and/or fires, the most frequent case in history, and many bridges have had to be partially or totally renovated.
From North America to countries in Europe and Asia, here are five iconic wooden bridges we’ve chosen for their sheer beauty and historical value. In some cases, the film has also gained fame.
1. Roseman Bridge, United States
In Madison County and the state of Iowa, the Roseman Covered Bridge was built in 1883 by Harvey P. Jones and George K. Foster. Since it is more than 32 meters long, although the structure was renovated around 1992, it is in its original location, in the United States of America.
Its fame is due to Robert James Waller’s novel “The Bridges of Madison County” (The Bridges of Madison) and, above all, the charming film of the same name starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.
After all, Roseman is the bridge that photographer Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood) is looking for when he stops by Francesca’s (Meryl Streep) house to ask for a role. And it also appears in the remembered scene in which he leaves a note inviting him to dinner.
There is no tourist who does not want to be photographed in this place, and there are also people who follow the same path that the film suggests.
2. Chapel Bridge in Switzerland
Of medieval origin, the wooden bridge (Kapellbrücke), in Lucerne, Switzerland, crosses the river Reuss, and has been one of the most visited places due to its historical attraction and tourist attraction for centuries.
1365, the bridge connects the old and new town of Lucerne, and is considered the oldest wooden bridge in Europe. It was also the longest, but after the fire of 1835, the bridge lost much of its length.
In addition, in 1993, a fire broke out in an engine ship located on the pier that had to be rebuilt.
Today, the bridge is an artistic promenade as is the ceiling of painted panels that tell part of Lucerne’s history.
3. Kintai Bridge, Japan
It is one of the most iconic bridges in Japan. The structure consists of five wooden arches on the bank of the Nishiki River, and is a landmark architectural work from 1673 at the entrance to Iwakuni Castle.
Given the deterioration caused by wars and typhoons, the Kintai Bridge had to be completely rebuilt and what can be visited today is a complete replica with the parameters of the construction several centuries ago.
4. Capilano Bridge, Canada
In Vancouver, Canada, the Capilano Suspension Bridge spans the river of the same name in the area of British Columbia.
Today it is 140 meters long and suspended 70 meters above the river, but it was founded in 1889, and hemp ropes and cedar planks were used.
In 1903 the hemp was changed to twine and around 1956 it underwent a comprehensive restoration. After passing through different hands, today it is a public park where there are humid temperate forests, nature trails and a large private collection of many poles of the indigenous peoples of Canada.
As a tourist destination in Vancouver, it manages to attract approximately 800,000 visitors per year.
5. Wind and Rain Bridge, China
Iconic and magnificent, this wooden structure was built in the territory of Sanjiang, Guangxi province, China. Although it was inaugurated in 1924, its construction took 12 years.
Finally, this important work could become the tradition of a group of wooden bridges of the Dong ethnic group, crossing the Linxi River and with a length of about 64 meters.
The bridge, built with five towers and spires elaborately constructed of stone and wood, boasts a central position in the middle of the entire world of bucolic land.
The branches of the river and the tea trees in the hills, while the farmers work in the fields. But what is most surprising is that the art of the bridge has been used for so long, since it has stood for centuries, without nails or pegs being used.