ANZAC Bridge, Sydney
Completed in 1996, ANZAC Bridge is one of the new and modern-looking constructions of the Australian metropolis Sydney. The bridge with a total length of 805 meters or 345 meters of the central span is the largest cable bridge in Australia. With a height of the pylons of 120 meters, it is visible from afar, and its shape can not be mistaken with any other structure in the city. Moreover, with a width of 32 meters, ANZAC Bridge is wide enough to offer excellent conditions not only for the people that move from one point to another by car, but also for the numerous pedestrians and cyclists.
Soon after its completion, ANZAC Bridge has became one of the major urban landmarks. The bridge is, however, much more than just a tourist attraction.
In a city such as Sydney, built entirely around water, the bridge provides a quick and convenient transport communication between Pyrmont and Glebe, an island situated amidst the waters of Darling Harbour.
Originally named Glebe Island Bridge, it was renamed in 1998, two years after its completion, in honour of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers participating in the first World War.
The name of the bridge is an abbreviation of the words Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. Symbolically on both sides of the bridge, on the territory of Glebe Island, are positioned two impressive bronze statues.
The first one that depicts an Australian soldier is placed at the west end of ANZAC Bridge in the year 2000.
In 2007, seven years later, on the other side of the bridge, but also on the island of Glebe, with an official opening ceremony is presented the second bronze sculpture.
It symbolizes a soldier from New Zealand facing east (because New Zealand is located to the east). Both sculptures are with slightly bowed heads as a sign of respect to all the soldiers who died in the Battle of Gallipoli, Turkey.