Friday, August 9, 2013
On our way to breakfast we did a little exploring of Dubrovnik from the top of our ship. In the distance I could see the tower of a suspension bridge.
It wasn't until getting home and doing some research I discovered the bridge was named the Franjo Tudman Bridge. Tudman was a very significant politician during the breakup of Yugoslavia and the setting up of Croatia and was the first President of the new country.
Our cruise ship was parked further down the dock behind the ship on the right... thank you Wikipedia for this great photo of the bridge... and your help with the details.
Our tour bus did not drive over the bridge, but as we went under I did a little drive by shooting.
The bridge was started in 1989... but due to the Croatian war it was not completed until 2002.
The tower reaches 464 high...
and there are 36 cable stays.
The bridge spans across the Rijeka Dubrovacka and is 1599 feet between abutments... with the girder span of 1066 feet.
What a cool bridge! I love the design... not just another girder truss job.
"Some bridges are so beautiful that we wish them to be our own home!"
-Mehmet Murat Ildan