Did you know that the longest bridge in the world links Asia with Europe? This great work of engineering is located in the Dardanelles Strait, on the border between the two continents. The construction connects the cities of Lapseki and Sütlüce, in Turkey.
More than five thousand people participated in this megaproject, including 649 engineers who had been working since 2018.
The great bridge has been baptized as the necklace of the Strait of Canakkale 1915: It is 218 meters high and 4,068 meters long. In addition, it has three lanes in both directions.
An amazing fact about this bridge is that it is only supported by two towers, which are 2,023 meters apart.
This bridge is loaded with symbolism of Turkish culture, starting with its red and bench colors like those of the flag.
The name Çanakkale 1915, on the other hand, refers to the victory of the Ottoman troops against the British and French in the naval battle of Çanakkale Savaşlari.
(read on: The children who survived four weeks lost in the Amazon).The aforementioned battle took place within the Gallipoli campaign, in World War I, on March 18, 1915.
The length that exists between the central section is also symbolic, since the 2,023 meters allude to the centenary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey, which will be celebrated in 2023.
In addition, the length of the towers of 318 meters refers to the date of the victory against France, the United Kingdom and Russia, which occurred on March 18.
The huge bridge was inaugurated on March 18, 2022. It is one of the engineering works promoted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey. To this is also added the gigantic Istanbul airport and a series of tunnels under the Bosphorus Strait.
“We always talk about connecting history and the future. Today, we are doing it,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the opening ceremony.
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In addition, he described it as the “ruby necklace over the Çanakkale Strait”.
The Çanakkale 1915 will save you considerably the time between one end and the other. Before, to cross the Dardanelles Strait, you had to take a ferry that took half an hour. Adding the waiting time to board, it was a journey of five and a half hours.
Now, people will be able to do this route in about six minutes by crossing the bridge. However, you will have to pay a toll of 200 Turkish liras, that is, 50 thousand Colombian pesos, to cross.
The longest bridge in the world
The Çanakkele 1915 surpassed the Japanese Akashi Kaiyo Bridge, which was opened in 1998 and was the longest to date.
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It is located on the Akashi Strait, and connects the city of Honshū with the island of Awaji.
It is 3,911 meters long and is one of the tallest, longest and most expensive suspension bridges, because it was built in a place where winds reach 290 km/h.
The Akashi Kaiyo Bridge in Japan is the longest suspension bridge in the world, at 3,911 meters. It is supported by two cables that are considered to be the heaviest and strongest in the world.
2 million workers for 10 years worked on its construction. pic.twitter.com/10mGY9Umy6
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