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Puente de Alcantara, Alcantara

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The Alcántara Bridge is a Roman stone arch bridge built over the Tagus River at Alcántara, Spain, between 104 and 106 AD by an order of the Roman emperor Trajan in 98. It bears the inscription Pontem perpetui mansurum in saecula on the archway over the central pier.HistoryThe Alcántara Bridge has suffered more damage from war than from the elements. The Moors destroyed one of the smallest arches in 1214. This was rebuilt centuries later in 1543 with stone from the original quarries. The second arch on the northwest side was destroyed in 1760 by the Spanish to stop the Portuguese and was repaired in 1762 by Charles III, only to be blown up again in 1809 by Wellington's forces to stop the French. Temporary repairs were made in 1819, but much of the bridge was destroyed yet again in 1836 by the Carlists. The bridge was rebuilt in 1860 using mortared masonry. And following completion of the José María de Oriol Dam, which allowed for the draining of the Tagus riverbed, the main pillars were repaired in 1969.DimensionsThe bridge originally measured 190 m in length, which is today reduced to 181.7 m. The clear spans of the six arches from the right to the left riverside are 13.6, 23.4, 28.8, 27.4, 21.9 and 13.8 m.
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  • Excellent natural landscape. Enclave in a small valley that Alcantara Roman and renovated a posteriori bridge crosses it
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  • Impressive piece of Roman engineering in beautiful surroundings. Seems lie the years built. I do not understand how they let cars.
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  • An environment delightful, some views precious and a monument impressive. The penalty is worth a lot. The village is very nice
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  • Roman bridge. Nearly 200 years standing there over a deep gorge and showing the impressive engineering capabilities of the Romans. There is little Roman temple nearby.
  • Is one of the best places to cross the border
  • Awesome!!
  • Ada sinar matahari di bawahnya.
  • Pons Tagi. The bridge of the river Tagus, which has to remain as long as the world remains. Deserves as an Honorable retirement, be definitively cleared of traffic, which can use the José Mª Oriol Dam for the Tagus (as in so many other places where dams serve as bridge, since they are exploiting public resources).
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