Tower Bridge in London (England) - combined bascule and suspension bridge
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Date of build
1886 - 1894
The Tower Bridge that crosses the River Thames has become the symbol of London.
Its central part is two weighing 1100 tons of drawbridge bridge spans rising in 90 seconds.
Topped with pinnacles, the towers and platform contain a mechanism for lifting moving spans. They are raised to allow the passage of large vessels or on special occasions. In the towers of the bridge there is a museum of its history, and from the upper jetty, currently open to tourists, there is a beautiful view of the River Thames.
The width of the bridge is 60 meters, and the height at elevated spans - 40 meters. In its best times the bridge was opened five times a day.
Tower Bridge is the only floating bridge out of 29 on the River Thames.
In 1952, when the bus passed through Tower Bridge, the bridge began to rise, fortunately nothing happened.
Official website: http://www.towerbridge.org.uk
"The most monstrous and absurd architectural sham we've ever known." - The Builder newspaper