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Ponte Romana de Trajano, Chaves
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The Roman Bridge at Chaves, also known as Trajano bridge as a reference to Trajan, is an ancient bridge located in the north of Portugal in the town of the same name. The bridge which is in relatively good shape unites the two most important parishes in the town. The bridge is 140 meters long, high and has 12 visible arches. Although the bridge spanning the Minho in Ourense is longer and higher, this example of Roman architecture is even today a masterpiece of construction.Two of the columns of the original bridge, built by the Emperor Trajan, still stand. They are stout cylindrical columns with details of the honors bestowed by the emperor on local governors or generals clearly legible on them. They were also milestones indicating distances to the important settlements of Astorga in Spanish León and Bracara Augusta, Braga, in Portugal.History and constructionThe bridge was built between the end of the first century and the beginning of the second century AD. Little is known about the exact dates of the beginning or conclusion of construction. However, it is known that slaves captured from the peoples inhabiting the region worked on the bridge. This appears to be written on one of the columns placed in the middle of the bridge. These columns were not here originally. One of them mentions the construction of the bridge, referring to the reign of the emperor Trajan; the other was taken from the Roman road leading up to the bridge. Before the building of the bridge the crossing was made by a road raised above the bed of the river, which only allowed the river to be crossed in summer.
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  • Walk on the Roman bridge at dusk, very nice ... The river of waters with its beautiful reflection of light.
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  • Nice bridge and walk to drink in cafes and pastry shops on the banks of the river
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  • A pleasure to be able to stroll through this well-preserved Roman bridge of Trajan in Chaves arcades in good condition, the reflection of these with water from the River make that you are admiring your beauty for quite a while, that and wanting to capture that beauty with endless photos do not wish to comment on the two thousand year old has on both sides, all make it a must-see visit Chaves
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