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.