Sunday, December 21, 2008

Spain - Portugalete Transporter Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1997-04-22 

Portugalete Transporter Bridge also name Vizcaya Bridge or Biscay Bridge, is a transporter bridge that links the towns of Portugalete and Las Arenas (part of Getxo) in the Biscay province of Spain, crossing the mouth of the Nervion River.
It is the world's oldest transporter bridge and was built in 1893, designed by Alberto Palacio, one of Gustave Eiffel's disciples. The bridge, still in use, is 164 meters long and its gondola can transport six cars and several dozens of passengers in one minute and a half. On July 13th of 2006 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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