The Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean sea off Eleuthera

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This place is located about three kilometers to the East of the upper God (Upper Bogue). The bridge connects the city of Gregory town (Gregory Town) and lower God (Lower Bogue) at the narrowest part of the island. This is one of the few places on earth where you can compare the richblue waters of the Atlantic ocean, located on one side of the road, and tranquil turquoise-green waters of the Caribbean sea on the other side, separated by a strip of rocks, the width of which is only 9 meters.

Cement bridge was built on top of the natural bridge. It connects the Northern and southern Eleuthera paved road. “the Glass Window Bridge” is one of the most visited places on the island.

For many centuries between the North and the South Eleuthera was a natural stone bridge. Then, in the 1940-ies, under the action of several hurricanes, the land-bridge was destroyed, so instead it was built concrete bridge. For many decades the functionality of the bridge was maintained by periodic repair, but the hurricanes of 1992 and 1999 caused significant bridge damage. After the hurricane, called Floyd, which was held in 1999, the initial Glass Window bridge is almost nothing left. Although the bridge was repaired and the Royal highway (Queen’s Highway) in a few months start to work again, the geography of Eleuthera has changed forever. Even ten years later workers continue to strengthen the shoreline to replace badly damaged asphalt.

To walk on “the Bridge Glass Window” and neighbouring territories is with great caution. Sometimes on the bridge and the rock suddenly rolled the waves, completely covering it. Because along the ocean side of the reef, which could break these huge waves as they come, the waves can strike with great force. There were cases when they were swept out into the ocean not only people, but also the vehicle.

The earth at this place is in a constant process of erosion caused by the force of the water that falls from tremendous heights. If you go to the bridge from the South, on the left side you can see the blowing channel, which spews water extremely well, hinting at the power of water under it.

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