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High jinx: New Portuguese bridge not for the faint-hearted

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AROUCA – It's probably best if you gird yourself before you look down from the Arouca Bridge. The narrow footbridge suspended across a river canyon in northern Portugal claims to be the world’s longest pedestrian bridge and was officially inaugurated Sunday.

The Arouca Bridge offers a half-kilometer (almost 1,700-foot) walk across its span, along a metal walkway suspended from cables.

Some 175 meters (574 feet) below, the Paiva River flows through a waterfall. Arouca lies 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Lisbon, the Portuguese capital.

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