Rio-Antirrio Bridge (Charilaos Trikoupis), Antirrio

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The Rio–Antirrio Bridge, officially the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge after the statesman who first envisaged it, is one of the world's longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges and the longest of the fully suspended type. It crosses the Gulf of Corinth near Patras, linking the town of Rio on the Peloponnese peninsula to Antirrio on mainland Greece by road.The bridge accommodates both pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic.NameIts official name is the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge. Charilaos Trikoupis was a 19th century prime minister of Greece; he suggested the idea of building a bridge between Rio and Antirrio. The project was too expensive at the time, when Greece was trying to get a late start in the Industrial Revolution.The Greek word gefyra (bridge) also refers to the Rio-Antirio bridge in informal everyday speech, originating from the domain name of the bridge's official internet site.LocationThe 2880m long bridge dramatically improves access to and from the Peloponnese, which could previously be reached only by ferry or via the isthmus of Corinth in the east. Its width is 28m — it has two vehicle lanes per direction, an emergency lane and a pedestrian walkway. Its five-span four-pylon cable-stayed portion of length 2252m is the world's second longest cable-stayed deck; only the deck of the Millau Viaduct in southern France is longer at 2460m. However, as the latter is also supported by bearings at the pylons apart from cable stays, the Rio–Antirrio Bridge deck might be considered the longest cable-stayed "suspended" deck.
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  • The marvellous suspension bridge of Rio-Antirio bridge. Connects the Peloponnese peninsula with the rest of Western Mainland Greece. A technological marvel!
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  • From the bigger kremastes bridges of the world but with Deluxe and visit and many pleyrikoys winds.
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  • From 2004 this wonderful 3km long bridge is an attraction in the area and of course a proof of progress and a mean that helped transportation in Greece.Wonderfull to see it from far and even at Saturd...  more »
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  • All most 13€ toll tax to pass it. Better take the boat with 6,5€ and admire the bridge longer, better and from a nice perspective.
  • We crossed bellow windsailing at 18/20 knts from East to West staying below the yellow mark and leaving the first pillar at our right side. We didn't feel much current.
  • Amazing bridge that made the crossing much more convenient. Ferries are still operating and at half the price, but take around 30 minutes (including waiting times) compared to just a couple going over the bridge.
  • Very interesting solution for the high earthquake risk area But Not The Best Bridge in The World.
  • Peace of art but too expensive!