World’s Longest Suspension Bridge Named ‘Skybridge 721’ Inaugurated in Czech Republic

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The world’s longest suspension bridge named ‘Skybridge 721’ was opened to the public in the Czech Republic and is located between the crests of the Kralicky Snezník mountain. It was inaugurated after two years period of construction at an estimated cost of $8.3 million which offers breathtaking views to hikers.

It broke the record of the Arouca Bridge (516 meters long), previously the longest bridge which is located in Portugal. It was inaugurated in 2021.

The record-breaking suspension bridge, spanning 721-metres-long, 1.2-metres-wide and is built at an altitude of more than 1,100 meters (3,610 feet) above sea level, between two mountain ridges at the height of 95 meters. The bridge can carry 500 people at any one time. 

The construction of the bridge used 1,030 cubic meters of concrete, resulting in a total weight of 405 tonnes, with the total weight of the ropes reaching 158 tonnes, and auxiliary structures 20 tonnes. Six main supporting ropes and 60 wind ropes of various diameters suspend it while spanning 1.2 meters in width for the walkway.

The Visitors to the bridge can learn about the local history, through an educational trail called ‘The Bridge of Time’, which contains elements of Augmented Reality (AR).

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • ‘Skybridge 721’, the world’s longest suspension bridge was opened to the public in the Czech Republic.
  • It was inaugurated after two years period of construction at an estimated cost of $8.3 million which offers breathtaking views to hikers.
  • The bridge surpassed the previous record-holder of 516 meters long Arouca Bridge in Portugal.
  • Dimensions of the bridge are as follows;
    • Length - 721-metres
    • Width - 1.2-metres
    • Altitude - 1,100 meters
  • The construction of the bridge used 1,030 cubic meters of concrete, resulting in a total weight of 405 tonnes.

   Facts to know:

  • Capital of Czech Republic: Prague.
  • Currency of Czech Republic: Czech koruna.
  • The official language of the Czech Republic: is Czech.
  • India’s longest suspension bridge: Dobra-Chanti suspension bridge over Tehri Lake, Uttarakhand.
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