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World longest pedestrian bridge open in tiny hometown Arouca in Northern Portugal
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The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge has been opened in Portugal and Hugo Xavier became one of the first person to cross the prestigious bridge.
516 Arouca, called so because it’s 516 meters long and is in the town of Aurouca, connects Aguieiras Waterfall and Paiva Gorge.
It has stolen the longest bridge title from the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland.
Key highlights :
- The bridge hangs 175 meters above the fast flowing River Paiva.
- The bridge has costed 2.3 million euros ( $ 2.8 million ).
- It took two years for the authorities to complete building of this magnificent bridge.
- It’s a Tibetan style hanging bridge, held up by steel and two huge V shaped towers.
- The bridge was a part of a wider strategy to encourage more people to move and stay in the region.
- The bridge wobbles slightly with each footstep, As pedestrians take the brave step.
- The bridge is currently only open to local residents of Portugal but booking will be open for international visitors too from Monday.
Important takeaways of Portugal :
- Capital : Lisbon
- President : Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
- Prime Minister : Antonio Costa
- Currency : Euro
- Calling code : +351
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