Bridges: Legends vs Modern Icons Series
Catalogue Number: BAM1269
Producer: Blue Ant Media
Subject: Documentary, Engineering, History, Science, Tech/Voc
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2020
Running Time: 48:05
The Golden Gate Bridge – THE landmark of San Francisco. An architectural masterpiece. With a span of one thousand two hundred and eighty meters, it held the record being the longest suspension bridge of the world for an impressive twenty-seven years. At two hundred and twenty-seven meters tall, it is more than huge. The Golden Gate Bridge is gigantic! Its construction was nothing less than a technical miracle. To build such a large bridge over the open sea, in the middle of an earthquake zone - that was an unimaginable risk. No wonder it became the most famous bridge in the world – a genuine legend. But what happens when this legend meets a modern-day icon?
The Golden Gate Bridge faces the Millau Viaduct. A bridge of superlatives in the hearth of France. With a height of three hundred and forty-three meters it is higher than the Eiffel Tower and with a length of two thousand four hundred and sixty meters longer than the Champs-Elysées. It is the tallest bridge in the world and yet appears graceful and almost weightless. Building this giant was only possible by state-of the-art technology and courageous engineers. A contest of superlatives! Two opponents. Three categories. And... lots of surprises. Which bridge has the most groundbreaking design? How difficult was it to build the gigantic structures? And, how do the bridges compete in practice?
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