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Vizcaya Bridge

Hanging 'gondola' carrying vehicles and passengers

View of gondola from passenger bridge above

The Vizcaya Bridge is an iron transporter bridge built in 1893 to connect two towns on the banks of the Nervion River at Getxo, about 12 kms from Bilbao.

It transports vehicles and passengers by a hanging 'gondola' taking only minutes to cross from one side to the other. It was declared a World Heritage site by Unesco in 2006.

This type of bridge was constructed so that the maritime traffic of the Port of Bilbao was not disrupted and also to negate the need to build a larger more costly bridge.

There are two visitor lifts built into the 50 metre pillars allowing visitors access to walk the 164 metre span at the very top of the bridge and to enjoy the views of the surrounding areas.

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