The Golden bridge in Vladivostok is one of the five largest cable-stayed bridges in the world. Its construction was completed recently — in 2012 – and timed to coincide with the APEC summit.

There was talk that a bridge was needed across the Golden Bay in the 19th century, but the First world war and then the revolution postponed this project indefinitely. They returned to it again in the 1930s, but now the implementation was prevented by the Second world war. After the war, Nikita Khrushchev took up the construction of the bridge in earnest, who wanted to make Vladivostok a Russian San Francisco, the project was even included in the General plan, but in the end work began only in 2007.

The Golden bridge in Vladivostok is impressive in size and really looks a bit like the Golden gate bridge in San Francisco. It is almost 1,400 m long and 30 m wide, and its main feature is its huge V — shaped pylons, which do not have an upper diaphragm, and are as tall as a 70-story building (226 m).

 

Photos: Igor Varava, Tatiana Bulatova

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