Assut de l’Or Bridge - Valencia, Spain. Cost: €59.9 million

Today is a bridge holiday!

In Argentina, a bridge holiday spans the gap between the weekend and a real holiday to give us a nice, fat, four-day slack-a-thon. Since there’s not much else to say for today’s feriado, I’ll just write about bridges.

Let’s begin with the most famous bridge in Buenos Aires.

Puente de la Mujer (“Women’s Bridge”) is a porteño landmark to rival the Obelisco. And while it’s no secret that our obelisk is not the world’s first and only obelisk, we might be forgiven for expecting that no other city has anything like our sleek, white beauty.

Puente de la Mujer - Designed by Santiago Calatrava, built mostly in Spain, and shipped to Argentina. Completed in 2001—a fateful year for Argentina. Cost: $6 million
Puente de la Mujer – Designed by Santiago Calatrava, built mostly in Spain, and shipped to Puerto Madero. Completed in 2001—a fateful year for Argentina. Cost: $6 million

In fact, Puente de la Mujer has relatives around the globe, in cities as diverse as Jerusalem and Milwaukee.

Alamillo Bridge - Seville, Spain. The first of Calatrava’s “cantilever-spar cable-stayed” bridges, completed in 1992. Cost: $39 million
Alamillo Bridge – Seville, Spain. The first of Calatrava’s “cantilever-spar cable-stayed” bridges, completed in 1992. Cost: $39 million

The obvious resemblance is no coincidence: all are the progeny of Valencian designer Santiago Calatrava, who completed Puente del Alamillo, his first major bridge of this type (cantilever-spar cable-stayed bridge) in 1992 for Spain, and went on to spread his design far and wide.

Samuel Beckett Bridge - Dublin, Ireland. Whereas the Puente de la Mujer is said to represent a couple dancing tango, the nearly-identical Samuel Beckett Bridge was reimagined to be a harp. Cost: €60 million
Samuel Beckett Bridge – Dublin, Ireland. Whereas the Puente de la Mujer is said to represent a couple dancing tango, the nearly-identical Samuel Beckett Bridge was reimagined to be a harp. Cost: €60 million

The guy is rich as hell now.

Sundial Bridge - Redding, California. A bridge for cyclists and pedestrians across the Sacramento River. Cost: $24.5 million
Sundial Bridge – Redding, California. A bridge for cyclists and pedestrians across the Sacramento River. Cost: $24.5 million

Did you really think we were the only ones with a fancy, pointy bridge?

Reiman Bridge - Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Cost: Unclear. It was part of a $121 million expansion on the Milwaukee Art Museum
Reiman Bridge – Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Cost: Unclear. It was part of a $121 million expansion on the Milwaukee Art Museum

I’d like to give a shout-out to Santi at Biking Buenos Aires for clueing me in to the existence of these other bridges. The guy knows almost too much about everything.

Chords Bridge - Jerusalem, Israel. From Wikipedia: "The bridge's dedication ceremony, a $500,000 extravaganza...drew criticism, particularly as young female dancers, subsequently dubbed the ‘Taliban troupe’, were compelled to wear long skirts and cover their hair after ultra-Orthodox Jews threatened to disrupt the ceremony.” Cost: $70 million
Chords Bridge – Jerusalem, Israel. From Wikipedia: “The bridge’s dedication ceremony, a $500,000 extravaganza…drew criticism, particularly as young female dancers, subsequently dubbed the ‘Taliban troupe’, were compelled to wear long skirts and cover their hair after ultra-Orthodox Jews threatened to disrupt the ceremony.” Cost: $70 million

If you’re reading this on Monday, that means tomorrow is another holiday! (In fact, it’s the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which I’ve researched in depth for tomorrow’s article.) So stay tuned.