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.
Sellin Pier in the Baltic seaside on the German island of Rügen. The original pier was 500 meters long and was built in 1925.
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Morning mist on Lake Mapourika, New Zealand.
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The Scheveningen Pier, in the Dutch town of Scheveningen near The Hague. The 380-meter pier was built in 1959.
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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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Birnbeck Pier on the Bristol Channel in North Somerset, England, is the only pier in Britain that connects to an island — the Birnbeck Island. The pier was opened in 1867. Currently, it is closed to the public, as part of the pier collapsed as recently as 30 December 2015.
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The Umhlanga Pier in the resort town of Umhlanga, north of Durban, South Africa.
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Busselton Jetty stretches almost 2 km out to sea from the town of Busselton, Western Australia.The jetty was built in 1853 so that cut timber could be transported to ships.
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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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