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Apollo Bridge, Bratislavia


The Most Apollo (literally the Apollo Bridge, mostly referred to as Bridge Apollo; its provisional name during construction being Most Kosicka after the street leading to it) in Bratislava is a road bridge over the Danube in the capital of Slovakia.

The bridge was opened to the public on September 5, 2005. It is named after the oil refinery "Apollo" situated on the left river bank in this area before WWII, whose modern successor is the Slovnaft company. Curved lines, inclination of both arches, and virtual absence of right angles make the geometric shape of the bridge very sophisticated.

In an unprecedented manoeuvre , the 5,240-ton steel structure spanning 231 meters was rotated and turned across the river from its construction site on the left bank into its final position on a pillar 40 meters from the right bank. This is what the accompanying video shows. The Apollo Bridge became the only European project named one of five finalists for the 2006 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award (OPAL Award) by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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