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Birchenough Bridge crosses the Save River (pronounced Sa've) at a location near Chipinge in south east Zimbabwe. Funded and planned by the Beit Trust , a foundation chaired at the time by Sir Henry Birchenough , the bridge was completed in 1935 and at a length of 1080ft it was amongst the longest single-arch suspension bridges in the world at the time.
Ralph Freeman, the bridges designer was also the structural designer on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and consequently the two bridges bear a close resemblance, although Birchenough is only two thirds of the length of the Australian bridge.
The bridge is widely considered by Zimbabweans as being one of countries finest pieces of architechure and as such, appears on the 20 cent coin.
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