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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.The Alamillo Bridge was built more as a monument rather than a piece of structural art. While the leaning mast is very suggestive that the bridge is solely supported by the cables, there is controversy that the deck is mostly self-supporting, since the tension in the cables seems lower than would be expected. To be a good example of structural art, the bridge must also be successful at structural engineering design. The Alamillo Bridge, however, lacks the principles of efficiency and economy.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.
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  • The bridge was designed by the architect. Calatrava, who has seen his other works, amazing, definitely worth seeing and necessary step to access the expo 92 no longer in use, but still worth a visit if you have time during your stay in Seville. definitely deserves to be the bridge that the expo.
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  • Built for the Expo of the year 1992, is developed by merits own in her work more representative of the same. It is a shame that this does not open to the public the ascent to the pinnacle. The views of Seville and the Guadalquivir River should be wonderful.
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  • This bridge connects Seville with the Alamillo Park and besides being a structure very special and nice to see has a viewpoint from which there is a panoramic view of Seville and its surroundings wonderful at its peak. Enjoy crossing and the wonderful park.
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