The Top 10 Modern Bridges to Inspire Quilters - The Millau Viaduct
Capt'n John's trek to discover Modern Bridges that will inspire quilters has taken him all over the world and his trip has ended in the South of France where he's reached The Millau Viaduct. Quilters will appreciate how this bridge brought cultures together. Also, the size of this bridge and the complexity of its construction make this a bridge that only a Baltimore Album Quilt maker can understand…
Baltimore Album Quilt makers know that it takes time to create a masterpiece and that is what the Millau Viaduct is. Here are some amazing facts about the Viaduct...BTW, it only took three years to build. How long did it take you to make that Baltimore Album quilt?
"The Millau Viaduct, located in southern France, is a true engineering masterpiece that has captivated the world with its breathtaking design and innovative construction. Spanning the Tarn River Valley, this cable-stayed bridge stands as a testament to human ingenuity and has become an iconic symbol of modern architecture.
With a total length of 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) and a maximum height of 343 meters (1,125 feet), the Millau Viaduct is the tallest bridge in the world. It was designed to improve transportation between the cities of Paris and Barcelona, allowing traffic to bypass the congested roads of the Millau region. The bridge carries the A75 autoroute, a major highway that connects central France with the Mediterranean coast.
The construction of the Millau Viaduct was not without controversy. Its cost, which amounted to approximately €400 million, raised eyebrows and sparked debates among the public. However, the economic benefits and improved connectivity it brought to the region have since proven to be well worth the investment.
The design of the Millau Viaduct was inspired by the natural beauty of its surroundings. Renowned architect Norman Foster, along with structural engineer Michel Virlogeux, sought to create a bridge that would seamlessly blend with the landscape. The slender and elegant piers mimic the shape of tall trees, while the delicate cables resemble the strings of a harp. This harmonious integration of nature and engineering is what makes the Millau Viaduct truly unique.
Fun facts about the Millau Viaduct abound. Did you know that it took over three years to complete the construction of this engineering marvel? Or that it required over 127,000 tons of concrete and 19,000 tons of steel to bring the bridge to life? Additionally, the Millau Viaduct has become a popular destination for adrenaline junkies who indulge in base jumping, as the bridge offers an ideal height and setting for this extreme sport.
Despite initial controversies, the Millau Viaduct has become a symbol of pride for the people of France and a must-visit attraction for tourists from around the world. Its awe-inspiring design and remarkable engineering have earned it a rightful place among the wonders of the modern world. So, if you're ever in the vicinity, don't miss the opportunity to witness the grandeur of the Millau Viaduct firsthand – it's a sight you won't soon forget!"
That's it for Capt'n John's rundown of the top 10 Modern Bridges to inspire quilters. We hope you have enjoyed the series and that all quilters will get the chance to visit these bridges themselves to become inspired as well.
Below are some photos of The Millau Viaduct in Millau-Creissels, Aveyron, France which crosses the gorge valley of the river Tarn.