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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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  • We crossed this beautiful bridge and really admired the simplistic beauty of it's design. It is hard to believe it dates back to 1992, looks futuristic.  more »
  • 6.8.17 as soon as I saw it from a distance I knew it had to be a Calatrava design as it is his talent that shows if you know his design style. I did not know he had done a bridge in Seville this desig...  more »
  • The bridge was built for the 1992 expo and has a unique design. It consists of a cantilevered angled span counterbalancing the bridge deck which is supported by cables. The cantilevered design elimina...  more »
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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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  • After communicating with beds or Mérida Sevilla, it is majestic and has good views
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  • It is a nice place to take pictures
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