Seville City - Fascinating Fact 8
8) THE SIX BRIDGES OF SEVILLE´S EXPO
The 1992 Expo put Seville on the map. Andalucia had become poor and backward during the Franco era, and an injection of cash for new roads, a high-speed rail (AVE) linking Seville to Madrid and a new airport transformed the city. Chief among the new plans were road, rail and foot bridges over the river Guadalquivir, linking the main part of Sevilla to the largely undeveloped island of La Cartuja, where the six-month Expo was to be based. No less than five bridges were built in Seville, the most famous of which are the vast suspension bridge Quinto Centenario, an infamous accident hotspot, and the beautiful, soaring Barqueta and Alamillo bridges. Designed by world-famous architect Santiago Calatrava, the spectacular 250-metre high Alamillo has a single arm to bear its entire weight. Calatrava´s original idea, a pair of bridges on either side of La Cartuja island, was vetoed by Seville officials on financial grounds. The Alamillo bridge is probably Seville´s most striking and successful legacy from Expo 92.
Seville City - More Fascinating Facts
- Fact 1 - Sevillano pride and predudice.
- Fact 2 - Sevilla on the sliver screen.
- Fact 3 - Anyone for tapas?
- Fact 4 - Three Roman emperors were born just outside Seville.
- Fact 5 - Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition in Seville.
- Fact 6 - Seville's sign of the times.
- Fact 7 - The Cathedral-Colombus controversy.
- Fact 8 - The six bridges of Seville's Expo.
- Fact 9 - Oranges and Lemons.
- Fact 10 - Two faces of Seville.
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