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Encyclopedia > Vizcaya Bridge
Portugalete Transporter Bridge, commonly called "Puente Colgante"
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Portugalete Transporter Bridge, commonly called "Puente Colgante"
A large ship crossing under the bridge
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A large ship crossing under the bridge

The Puente Colgante has the official name of Bizkaiko Zubia - Puente de Vizcaya (Bridge of Biscay) and it is a transporter bridge that links the towns of Portugalete and Getxo in the Biscay province of Spain, crossing the mouth of the Nervion River. The Newport Transporter Bridge A transporter bridge (also ferry bridge or aerial transfer bridge) is a type of movable bridge that carries a segment of roadway across a river. ... The Newport Transporter Bridge A transporter bridge (also ferry bridge or aerial transfer bridge) is a type of movable bridge that carries a segment of roadway across a river. ... Puente Colgante Portugalete is a port city lying to the west of Bilbao (Basque: Bilbo) in the province of Vizcaya in Spain. ... Getxo is a town located in the province of Bizkaia, in the autonomous community of Basque Country, in the North of Spain. ... Vizcaya province Vizcaya (Basque Bizkaia) is a province of northern Spain, in the northwestern part of the autonomous community of the Basque Country. ... The river Nervión runs through the city of Bilbao, Spain into the Bay of Biscay. ...


History

It is the world's oldest transporter bridge and was built in 1893, designed by Alberto Palacio, one of Gustave Eiffel's disciples. It was the solution given by the engineer to the problem of communicating the two towns without disrupting the maritime traffic of the Port of Bilbao and without having to build a massive structure with long ramps. The service was only interrupted four years during the Spanish Civil War, when the upper section was dynamited, from his house in Portugalete Alberto Palacio could see how his master work was partially destroyed just before his own death. The Newport Transporter Bridge A transporter bridge (also ferry bridge or aerial transfer bridge) is a type of movable bridge that carries a segment of roadway across a river. ... Puente Colgante, the first transporter bridge Atocha station, Madrid Alberto del Palacio Elissague(1856-1939) is a spanish engineer and architect born in Bilbao,Basque Country. ... Gustave Eiffel Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (December 15, 1832 – December 27, 1923; French pronunciation in IPA, in English usually pronounced in the German manner ) was a French engineer and architect and a specialist of metallic structures. ... General Information Founded June 15, 1300 Coordinates  - Latitude  - Longitude 43º 22 43 N 03º 04 57 W Area  - Land  - Water 313 has. ... Combatants Second Spanish Republic Foreign volunteers Soviet Union CNT militia UGT militia POUM militia Nationalist Spain Fascist Italy Nazi Germany Foreign volunteers Falangists Carlists Commanders Manuel Azaña Francisco Largo Caballero Juan Negrín Francisco Franco The Spanish Civil War, which lasted from July 18, 1936 to April 1, 1939...


In July 13th of 2006 it was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. July 13th is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Site #86: Memphis and its Necropolis, including the Pyramids of Giza (Egypt). ... UNESCO logo UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ...


Operation

The bridge, still in use, is 164 meters long and its gondola can transport eight cars and several dozens of passengers in one minute and a half. It operates from 05:00 to 22:00 every 8 minutes all year round and is integrated into Bilbao's transport system, the same ticket used for the underground and bus systems can be used to cross the bridge. There is a new touristic lift installed in the 50 meter high pillars of the bridge that allows to walk over the bridge's platform, from where the tourists can see the port and the bay. Bilbao (Basque: Bilbo) in the North of Spain, is the largest city in the Basque Country and the capital of the province of Biscay (Basque: Bizkaia). ... Station Casco Viejo San Mames station after a soccer match An access to the metro Metro Bilbao is a metro system serving the northern Spanish city of Bilbao. ... Bilbobus is the name for metropolitan bus services in Bilbao, Spain. ...


External links

  • http://www.puente-colgante.com
  • http://www.guiabizkaia.com/gbilbao/portu/Index.html
  • http://www.getxoinfo.com/monumentos/puente.htm

 
 

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