Published On: Sat, Jun 1st, 2013

Curacao celebrates 125 years Queen Emma Bridge

queen-emma-bridgeWILLEMSTAD – The Government of Curacao invites everyone to come to downtown Willemstad this Saturday to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the famous “Swinging Old Lady”, Queen Emma Bridge.

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. 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.

Activities will start at 2 o’clock with different shows on Brion Plaza in Otrabanda. At 4 everyone will cross the bridge to Punda to enjoy brass band music. At the Punda side of the bridge there will be a small surprise for everyone.

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