Chords Bridge in Jerusalem
The Jerusalem Chords Bridge or Jerusalem Bridge of Strings (Hebrew: Gesher HaMeitarim), is also called the Jerusalem Light Rail Bridge. It is a cantilever spar cable-stayed bridge at the entrance to the city of Jerusalem, Israel.
The bridge was designed by the Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava. The bridge is used by Jerusalem Light Rail's Red Line, which began service on August 19, 2011. Incorporated in the structure is a glass-sided pedestrian bridge, enabling pedestrians to cross from the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood to the Jerusalem Central Bus Station. The bridge, which cost about $70 million (NIS 246 million), was inaugurated on June 25, 2008.
Due to its size, the bridge can be seen from many parts of Jerusalem. Its modern design stands out in the ancient city, and it is considered an architectural feat which Jerusalem residents have come to love. As it covers the main entrance to the city, it is one of the first impressions left on visitors to the city.