The array of amazing bridges on our top 15 list spans from antiquity to modernity. While styles and materials have varied over time and by region, each example combines form and function for original, striking, and in some cases, playful effects. While all our picks contribute to the aesthetics of their environment, some have also assumed symbolic significance, defining the character of a given location and its people. Take a tour around the world and throughout history with our seriously striking slideshow.

The 15 Coolest Bridges Around The World