Posted by: danielfee | June 20, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 06-20-2012

Erasmus Bridge – Rotterdam, Netherlands

 

The Erasmus Bridge (Erasmusbrug) across the Nieuwe Maas River (New Meuse) connects the northern and southern halves of the city of Rotterdam. Completed in 1996, it is a 2,631 foot long cable-stayed bridge with a 456 foot high asymmetrical pylon, which earned it the nickname “The Swan”. The southern span of the bridge has a 292 foot long bascule bridge for ships that cannot pass under the main section of the bridge.

The bridge was officially opened by Queen Beatrix on September 6, 1996, and has already starred in movies and other performances. The bridge was featured in the 1998 Jackie Chan film Who Am I? In 2005, several planes flew underneath the bridge as part of the “Red Bull Air Race World Series”, and it was the backdrop for a performance by DJ Tiesto titled “Tiësto @ The Bridge, Rotterdam”. In 2010, the bridge was crossed during the opening stage of the Tour de France.

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