Puente del Alamillo, Seville

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The Alamillo Bridge is a structure in Seville, Andalucia (Spain), which spans the Canal de Alfonso XIII, allowing access to La Cartuja, a peninsula between the canal and the Guadalquivir River. The bridge was constructed as part of infrastructure improvements for Expo 92, which was held on large banana farms on the island. Construction of the bridge began in 1989 and was completed in 1992 from a design by Santiago Calatrava.The bridge is of the cantilever spar cable-stayed bridge type and consists of a single pylon, counterbalancing a 200 m span with thirteen lengths of cables. The original intent was to build two symmetrical bridges on either side of the island, but in the end, the Alamillo's singular design has proved most striking.With no economic constraints on construction, the goal was to create a bridge of symbolic importance. This bridge represented the soaring aspirations of the city of Seville in preparation for Expo '92, and is visible from the top of La Giralda, the former minaret which is the sentimental roof of the city, linking Seville's past and present. Similar to the Brooklyn Bridge, there is an elevated walkway for pedestrians. In addition to the elevated walkway, the Alamillo Bridge features a lookout at the top of the mast, accessible by an enclosed stairway.The Puente del Alamillo is the only bridge that is balanced solely through added weights not requiring any type of back anchorage. There are 54 steel piles under the bridge but they act passively under the mast.
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  • August 10, 2017
    As bridges go, this is a good one! The simplicity of the design is in stark contrast to the rest of the city. It is a wonder that it can hold up the bridge, but then we all have seen these designs in ...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    One of the first works by the architect Santiago Calatrava. Although created for the universal exposition in Seville in 1992 have a design yet very modern
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  • August 1, 2017
    A special and beautiful River Bridge, modern and different from the usual bridges, seems suspended in air.
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  • Impressive construction. Sheds modernity to Guadalquivir river and it is a beautiful reference seen from everywhere in the city. You can take astonishing shots of the architectural details from the bike lane along the bridge
  • Beautiful bridge!
  • The Alamillo, by Santiago Calatrava bridge, seems to me a magnificent work. However, it is painful to see it with "painted" and the poor state of some elements such as the lighting of the pedestrian area.
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  • It was built for the time of the Expo of 1992 in Seville, is large and very nice to see when walking at night next to the Guadalquivir River, is walked daily, the bridge has a musical harp, also you can walk since it has pedestrian zone and if you cross it from the avenida tournament takes you to the Alamillo Park walking nearby.
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  • It is a nice place to take pictures
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Seville's flat, grid-like city center makes it one of Spain's most walkable cities. While no part of the center is more than a 15-minute walk away, you might enjoy staying on one of the many picturesque cobblestone streets leading off from the famous Cathedral in Plaza España. Boutique hotels and historical apartment rentals intermix with the old quarter's tapa bars and Andalusian storefronts. Nearby, Barrio Santa Cruz is a bit quieter than the main plaza but still boasts the city's sought-after old-world charm. Across the river is the Triana neighborhood, where a lack of heavy tourism has preserved the strong local scene in this mainly residential area full of traditional restaurants and corner bars.
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