Vote Curaçao’s Iconic Queen Emma Bridge As “8Th Wonder Of The World”

Vote Curaçao’s Iconic Queen Emma Bridge As “8Th Wonder Of The World”

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WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao – June 14, 2013 – Curaçao’s Queen Emma Bridge has been included in VirtualTourist.com’s 8th Wonder of the World contest. More than 300 landmarks from around the globe are in the running for the top spot and bragging rights to the 8th Wonder.

A World Natural Heritage monument, the Queen Emma Bridge was constructed by American consul Leonard Burlington Smith in 1888 and is considered one of the world’s most unique bridges. The bridge is hinged and opens to enable the passage of ocean going vessels. On the opposite end from the hinge is a small shelter where an operator controls two diesel engines turning propellers. The propellers are mounted perpendicular to the length of the bridge which allows it to swing parallel to the shore. The process only takes a few minutes to complete. When the bridge is open to let ships from the harbor pass, pedestrians are transported free of charge via ferry.

Also called Curaçao’s “Swinging Old Lady,” the Queen Emma pontoon bridge connects the east side (Punda) to the west side (Otrabanda) of the city of Willemstad, Curaçao’s capital and is instrumental to the viability of the port and Willemstad’s city center. The Queen Emma Bridge, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, has become an icon of the island, boosting tourism and Curaçao’s economy.

Vote Curaçao’s Queen Emma Bridge as the 8th Wonder at www.voteforcuracao.com. One vote per day is allowed and voting concludes on September 30th. The wonder with the most votes will be crowned the winner will be featured in a national broadcast TV segment on a popular syndicated program as well as receive a massive media relations campaign push from VirtualTourist.

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