Last Updated on February 22, 2021
Look Lisbon has a Golden Gate Bridge, who knew?! Actually, it is the Ponte de 25 Abril (named after a famous battle), the longest central span bridge in Europe and, with a total length of 2,277 m, it is the 20th largest suspension bridge in the world. It also holds the world record for the world’s deepest bridge foundation by going 80m (262ft) below the riverbed to stand on basalt rock.
The bridge, which bears such a striking resemblance to its San Franciscan twin, was in fact built by the American Bridge Company, the company who constructed San Francisco’s Bay Bridge (the other one, not the Golden Gate Bridge). Completed in 1966, the upper platform carries six car lanes (it was widened twice), and a lower platform with two train tracks was added in 1999.
The bridge is crossed by more than 150,000 cars and 160 trains every day, carrying a total of 380,000 people across it each day. Unlike the Golden Gate Bridge, there is no pedestrian crossing allowed.