The Golden Gate Bridge: Celebrating 75 years

The iconic bridge's elegant silhouette defines the city's skyline, rising above the Pacific waters of the San Francisco Bay. It has recently celebrated its 75th birthday in style.

Few modern structures have featured in as many films and books as the vibrant orange suspension bridge that spans the bay, linking the city to Marin County, California. Soaring at a height of over 2,700 metres, the bridge is flanked by the two distinctive towers that rise 227 metres above sea level. The six traffic lanes see 120,000 vehicles crossing daily, amounting to 40 million per year. Onscreen, the bridge has witnessed scenes of vertigo, encountered numerous vampires and superheroes, as well as coming under alien attack. Off-screen, it is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful and recognisable bridges.

Thousands gathered on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to commemorate its 75th anniversary on May 27. The day of celebrations culminated in a firework display / © Della Huff. 

The Golden Gate is perfectly symmetrical with its elegant art deco design. Its vivid orange colour glows above the turquoise waters of the Pacific / © Mason Cummings. 

By day and by night, the Golden Gate Bridge is truly spectacular. It attracts between nine and ten million visitors annually who come to marvel at the structure / © Mason Cummings. 

A nighttime view of the architectural masterpiece that has been the backdrop for films such as 'Superman', 'Planet of the Apes', 'Interview with the Vampire' and 'Superman'/ © Della Huff. 

In addition to the 120,000 vehicles that cross the bridge daily, 10,000 pedestrians and 6,000 cyclists, most of them tourists, also make the trip across the bay / © Elliot Altas. 

The famous bridge, 28 metres wide and nearly 2 miles long, has linked San Francisco with Marin County in California since 1937/ © Mason Cummings. 


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