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Erasmusbrug Rotterdam 2015.jpg
The Erasmusbridge in rotterdam
Coordinates 51°54′31″N 4°29′11″E / 51.9086°N 4.4865°E / 51.9086; 4.4865Coordinates: 51°54′31″N 4°29′11″E / 51.9086°N 4.4865°E / 51.9086; 4.4865
LocaleRotterdam, Netherlands The Netherlands
Total length802-metre-long (2,631 ft)
Width338-metre-wide (1,109 ft)
Height139-metre-high (456 ft)
DesignerBen van Berkel
Construction end1996
Construction cost165.000.000 Guilder

The Erasmusbridge is a bridge in the city of Rotterdam. The bridge was the second bridge built over the Maas river. The bridge is named after Desiderius Erasmus who was born in Rotterdam.[1] The bridge connects the northern and southern parts of Rotterdam.[2] The bridge is designed by Ben van Berkel. Queen Beatrix opened the bridge in 1996.[2] The bridge is a 802 metres (2,631 ft) long Cable-stayed bridge, and is 139 metres (456 ft) high. Between the pillar and the district "Kop Van Zuid" is a 89 metres (292 ft) long bascule Bridge (it lifts to allow ships to pass under it). The Erasmusbridge has the biggest and heaviest bascule bridge in Europe.[3] The bridge was used in events such as 2010 Tour de France, Rotterdam Marathon and The World Port Days.

References[change | change source]

  1. Lionel Browne, Bridges: Masterpieces of Architecture (New York, NY: Smithmark, 1996), p. 78
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam". ND. Retrieved 18 August 2014. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. Haselager (ND). "Erasmus Bridge". TravBuddy LLC. Retrieved 18 August 2014. Check date values in: |date= (help)