01/22/2015 10:17 am ET Updated Mar 24, 2015

World's Most Beautiful Bridges

For thousands of years, bridges have been constructed to make transportation easier, thereby allowing cities and empires to flourish. But some bridges do more than just get you from point A to point B; instead, they marry form and function in unforgettable ways. Among the most iconic structures in the world, the best bridges rise to the level of art and become a permanent part of the landscape, seemingly encapsulating the local character. Each with a unique design and backstory, here are the 20 most beautiful bridges in the world.

By Annie Bruce

World's Most Beautiful Bridges

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