Tuesday, November 10, 2009

La Boca Bridge

La Boca Bridge aka Puente Transbordador de La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina
The old Puente Transbordador in La Boca is a famous witness of Argentina's industrial revolution. As a matter of fact it is one of Buenos Aires' best known landmarks and the symbol of La Boca. The bridge was planned as a transporter bridge to link the city of Buenos Aires with the Isla Maciel of the Ciudad de Avellaneda in the province of Buenos Aires. The metallic component parts were built in England and then assembled in situ. In May 1914 the bridge was opened to the public. In 1939 already a replacement bridge was erected only a stone's throw down the Riachelo River. By that time the Antiguo Puente Nicolás Avellaneda, as it is also known, has fallen into disuse. Since 1995 the old transporter bridge is a declared "Site of Cultural Interest".

6 comments:

Jacob said...

A terrific photo...the beautiful sky, all the intersecting lines, the rippled water, the colors!

And your commentary was extremely interesting. Gracias!

Steffe said...

Interesting read and a fine piece of architecture.

AB said...

It seems there is something of an English engineering tradition in Argentina. You can see the remains of it in, for example, their rugby team. Is there anything else?

Andreea said...

Fine looking bridge, I'm glad it's been declared a "site of cultural interest", this would probably prolong its life.

B SQUARED said...

Must have been pretty "modern" for its' day.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I hope the designation as site of cultural interest means it will be well maintained. It's attractive and built on a lovely site.