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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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  • If you go to Alcantara must-see it is your bridge. You can reach it by car, there is room for parking and benches to sit and contemplate the bridge and the landscape. You can also get down a road that leaves the village, or see it from the viewpoint where begins the road without having to download. You can even cross the bridge by car or on foot to see it from the other side.
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  • Whenever I'm in the area I try to go up to Alcantara and stop me walking over the Roman bridge. Also watch him from a distance and admire its beauty. It is one of those things that you can not tire.
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  • Located on the road that gives access to the town from the North, past the wall of the dam, set Roman bridge, the arch in the Middle, and the temple at one end, they are formidable. Excellent conservation, is currently used for transit.
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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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