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Ponte Romana de Trajano, Chaves
Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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.Put Ponte Romana de Trajano at the forefront of your travel plans using our Chaves travel itinerary planner.
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Tiene el encanto de los puentes romanos, lo que no me gustó es que el agua estaba muy sucia y afeaba un poco el PaisajeIt has the charm of the Roman bridges, what I didn't like is that the water was very dirty and a bit spoils the landscapeshow original
Parabéns obrigatória para visita a beira rio da cidade de Chaves. Acima de tudo a travessia pedestreCongratulations to visit the river of the city. Above all the pedestrian crossingshow original
Tudo muito calmo, muito giro, ruas muito bem tratadas e barzinhos muito jeitosos, gostei de lá passar ;)Very quiet, very cute, very well cared for streets and bars very handy, I liked there;)show original
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