The world’s longest footbridge – level 3
The world’s longest suspended footbridge has just opened in northern Portugal.
The Arouca Bridge is 516 meters, and it hangs above the River Paiva, and the area is renowned as a natural paradise with its many waterfalls and green hills. The new bridge is made of steel cables that narrow slightly in the middle and they hang between two immense concrete pillars. The bottom is transparent and although not everyone will enjoy that, visitors can also see through the steel on the sides which gives the bridge a completely open character.
It takes at least 10 minutes to walk across, and up to 100 walkers will be allowed to cross it at the same time. However, the footbridge is not for the faint-hearted because it’s 175 meters above the ground.
Difficult words: suspended (hanging from above), immense (extremely large or great), faint-hearted (not confident and disliking taking unnecessary risks).
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