Published On: Mon, Jun 24th, 2013

Queen Emma Bridge nominated as ‘the 8th wonder of the world’

Queen Emma BridgeWILLEMSTAD – Curacao can be proud of its Queen Emma Bridge (Pontoon Bridge) which received a nomination for the ‘8th Wonder of the World’ award from VirtualTourist.com. More than 300 monuments of the world are competing for this great title “8th Wonder of the World’.

The Queen Emma Bridge is a pontoon bridge across St. Anna Bay in Curaçao. It connects the Punda and Otrobanda quarters of the capital city,Willemstad. The bridge is hinged and opens regularly to enable the passage of ocean going vessels. On the opposite end from the hinge is a small shelter where an operator controls two diesel engines turning propellers. The propellers are mounted perpendicular to the length of the bridge and allow it to swing parallel to the shore. The process only takes a few minutes to complete.

The bridge was built in 1888 and was completely renovated in 1939. It was designed by the American Consul Leonard B. Smith. Originally it was a toll bridge. Individuals without shoes were permitted to cross the bridge without paying the toll; however, today, a toll is no longer applied. When the bridge swings open, two ferries spring into action to bring pedestrians across the water. The ferries are also free of charge.

For our Emma Bridge to conquer the title, Curacao Chronicle invites all to visit www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder and vote. Every person can vote once per day till September 30 of this year. The monument which gets more vote will not only win the title ‘8th wonder of the World’ but will also appear in a segment of an American TV show but will also receive promotions through VirtualTourist.com.

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