The Erasmus Bridge is a combination of cable-stayed and bascule bridge, the Erasmusbrug – as the locals call it – is an iconic landmark and symbol of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Connecting the north and south parts of the city, it is currently the second largest bridge in the Netherlands.
Named after a prominent Christian renaissance humanist, Desiderius Erasmus the bridge underwent construction and was completed in the year 1996 making it a rather new bridge as compared to many others. Erasmusbrug stretches across a total of 802 meters (2,631 feet) over the New Meuse and reaches up in the sky to 139 meters (456 feet) at its tallest point.
However, that is only the first part of the bridge as the second part located at the southernmost span is 89 meters (292 feet) long and is used for ships that are too tall to pass underneath the bridge. These facts make it both the largest and heaviest in Western Europe along with boasting the largest panel of its type throughout the world.
Due to its incredibly unique design, the bridge has been featured in films such as the Jackie Chan film ‘Who Am I?’ in the year 1998 and then later in 2005, there were several planes that flew underneath the bridge for the “Red Bull Air Race”. There have been a number of famous events taking place either on the bridge or as a backdrop of certain events and it will undoubtedly continue to play a large role in that same area in the many years to come.
Erasmus Bridge in brief
|Place||Center of Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Locally Known As||Erasmusbrug|
Did you know that the construction of the bridge cost 165 million euro?