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Another photo from Greece (although I wrote that Corinth Canal had to be the last one).
I realize that the quality is very poor. The weather was not good and it was difficult to find a good POV. But I show it because for me it is a masterpiece and it hasn't been shown here for some year. As you know, I love the bridges so seeing this was a great attraction for me.

The Rio–Antirrio Bridge (Greek: Γέφυρα Ρίου–Αντιρρίου), officially the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge, is one of the world's longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges and longest of the fully suspended type. It crosses the Gulf of Corinth near Patras, linking the town of Rio on the Peloponnese peninsula to Antirrio on mainland Greece by road. It opened one day before the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, on 12 August 2004, and was used to transport the Olympic flame.
The 2,380-metre-long bridge dramatically improves access to and from the Peloponnese.
The Rio–Antirrio Bridge deck might be considered the longest cable-stayed "suspended" deck in the world.
This bridge is widely considered to be an engineering masterpiece, owing to several solutions applied to span the difficult site. These difficulties include deep water, insecure materials for foundations, seismic activity, the probability of tsunamis, and the expansion of the Gulf of Corinth due to plate tectonics.

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