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(June, 2004)

Rolf Ris

Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair

Iñaki Rezola

Puente colgante de Portugalete

Portugalete-Getxo, Bizkaia, Basque Country, Spain

17.30 local time

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The Bizkaia Hanging Bridge (Puente colgante de Bizkaia) is not yet a WH feature, but the Basque and Spanish governments have decided recently to push its claims next February 2005.

It lies between Portugalete and Getxo, and is only 10 kilometers away from Bilbao.

The bridge is a beautiful representative of the flourishing european industrial architecture at the end of the XIXth century. Nowadays there are 7 other similar bridges in the world (three of them in Europe), but this one was the first to be constructed.

The bridge was built between 1890 and 1893, and was the first of its kind. It was designed by A. de Palacio, a friend of Eiffel. As it was seriously damaged in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, it took its final look after reconstruction in 1941.

The pano was taken last Sunday -a rather gloomy June day- in the afternoon, while a group of seniors enjoyed themselves dancing in the square (the two astonised girls looking at the scene are my daughters!). It took some 40 shots because of people coming and going, but only 21 went eventually into the movie. As the pics were made hand held it took me quite a while on Photoshop...
Olympus Camedia z4040, hand held, stitched with Panorama Factory, retouched with Photoshop

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