Looking up at the Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge in São Paulo, Brazil

Looking up at the Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge in São Paulo, BrazilSão Paulo isn’t just a big city. It’s been designated an alpha global city, which means it’s a really big city. Only Tokyo, Delhi, and Shanghai are larger in terms of population. So, it seems fitting that such a monumental place is connected by such a monumental bridge. Opened in 2008, the Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge is 453 feet tall, and its tower is formed as an enormous X shape nearly 250 feet wide at its base. The bridge is the only one in the world that supports two curved tracks with a single mast.

From the vantage point of our image, we see the underside of one of the bridge’s roadways, and a network of cable stays. Each December, these cables are decorated with festive holiday lights, and at night the bridge resembles a colossal Christmas tree.

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