At the end of the 19th century, the need for an additional bridge over the Thames became clear in the English capital, because London Bridge alone was not sufficient. Therefore, a new bridge was built, which grew to become London’s most famous one. It was built between 1886 and 1894, with its two towers being the most typical properties.
The bridge is 244 metres long and in the centre the bridge can be opened for water traffic. When closed, the distance between the water and the bridge is 8.6 metres, but when it is open, ships with a height of 42.5 metres can pass underneath without the bridge opening. The two bridge sections can be turned up to an angle of 86 degrees in just one minute, so that the ships can pass. Today, the bridge is opened and closed electrically, but in the past there was a hydraulic system: the original steam engines are now a tourist attraction.
Tower Bridge also kept steady in online popularity the last 2 years; the average monthly search volume stayed the same at 301,000 per month on top of which #towerbridge has been used 2,462,049 times on Instagram.
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