Photographer's Note

Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, this bridge is standing in the main entranct to Jerusalem.

Construction began on 2005 and completed on 2008.

The bridge was designed to add a defining visual element to the Jerusalem "skyline" at the entrance to the city, and to carry a light rail system that will solve some of the city's traffic problems. Similar to Calatrava's earlier (1992) design, the Puente del Alamillo in Seville, Spain, the bridge makes use of an angled cantilever tower to absorb some of the load and reduce the number of cable stays needed. The bridge consists of a single pylon counterbalancing a 160 metre span with lengths of cables, making a dramatic architectural statement. While this is Calatrava's 40th bridge, it is the first he has designed to carry both train and pedestrian traffic.

There is a lot of criticism about this brige, claiming that it is not suitable for the ancient charachter of the city, and that the location is too busy, so the beauty of the bridge cannot be seen.

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