Piers have been built for several purposes, and because these different purposes have distinct regional variances the term is principally associated with the image of a Victorian cast iron pleasure pier. However, the earliest piers predate the Victorian age and were of wooden construction. Providing a walkway out to sea, pleasure piers often include amusements and theaters as part of the attraction. Such a pier may be open air or partly open, partly closed.
Morning mist on Lake Mapourika, New Zealand.
photographer: Richard Palmer (image source)
The pier in the town of Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England, is the world’s oldest seaside pier. It was opened in 1814 and is 681 meters in length.
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The pier of Blankenberge in Belgium was built in 1933. It is made of concrete and sticks 350 meters into the North Sea.
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The Los Muertos Pier in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a new pier inaugurated in 2013. It was designed by architect José de Jesús Torres Vega.
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The Clevedon Pier in Somerset was built during the 1860s to attract tourists and provide a ferry port for rail passengers to South Wales.
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