Chords Bridge, Jerusalem

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The Chords Bridge, also called the Bridge of Strings or Jerusalem Light Rail Bridge, is a side-spar cable-stayed bridge in Jerusalem, Israel. The structure was designed by the Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava and is used by Jerusalem Light Rail's Red Line, which began service on August 19, 2011. Incorporated in the bridge is a glass-sided pedestrian bridge enabling pedestrians to cross from Kiryat Moshe to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station. The bridge, which cost about $70 million, was inaugurated on June 25, 2008.
Calatrava first visited Israel for the opening of an exhibition of his works in Haifa in 1997. During that visit, he was invited to design a pedestrian bridge in Petah Tikva, which was opened in 2005. He was invited to Jerusalem by city engineer Uri Shetrit and former mayor Ehud Olmert, who, according to Calatrava, challenged him to "do the most beautiful contemporary bridge".
Construction of the Chords Bridge began in 2005, with an estimated cost of NIS 129 million, far higher than the initial forecast of NIS 80 million.
The bridge was designed to add a defining visual element to the Jerusalem "skyline" at the entrance to the city, and to carry a light rail system, expected to solve some of the city's traffic problems. For Calatrava the bridge is "also the excuse to create a major plaza, to give character and unity to this delicate place".
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  • You can tell it's total Calatrava. Fortunately, it's far from the ancient city. It's the reference of West Jerusalem
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  • Yes- it's become a centerpiece noting the western entrance to the city- an area that is becoming increasingly congested and obstructed due to increasing roadwork (but it promises to be fantastic if an...  more »
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  • It's so beautiful at night when it's all lit up, and it's free. If the weather is pleasant and you have some free time, take a stroll with someone you care about over the bridge. It's a lovely experiences and a great spot for taking photos.
  • What a beautiful bridge! There is a light show every night, just don’t miss it.
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