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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.Put Puente de Alcantara at the forefront of your travel plans using our Alcantara vacation trip planner.
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Situado en la carretera que dá acceso a la población desde la zona norte, pasado el muro de la presa, conjunto romano de puente, el arco en el medio y el templo en uno de los extremos, son formidables... read more »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.show original
Foi com surpresa que nos deparamos com esta construção maravilhosa. Saímos de Termas de Monfortinho, entramos na Espanha, passamos por Cáceres e aí apareceu esta " Maravilha ". É uma construção romana... read more »It was with surprise that we came across this wonderful building. We left Termas de Monfortinho, we in Spain, Caceres and then along comes this "Marvel". Is a Roman building, dedicated to the Emperor Trajan, begun around 103. Is an impact. It's very well preserved; Is a historical landmark. Withstood several battles. At one end, has a Roman temple.show original
De pronto: está ahí, como si no hubiesen pasado dos mil años. Los coches pueden atravesarlo ¿¡. Los miradores te permiten una visión muy cercana del conjunto. En otro lugar vimos los planos de la últi... read more »Suddenly: is there, as if they had not passed two thousand years. Cars can cross it would.!? The viewpoints allow you a view very close to the set. Elsewhere, we saw the planes of the last restoration of the arch flown in the war with instructive Napoleon.muy.show original
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.
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AnonymousThe Alcántara bridge is one of the most impressive works that can be seen today. Built 2000 years ago, today is fully functional, of breathtaking beauty and a feeling of solidity. Walk down your driveway is to feel a special thrill for the extremely well conbservado that is. If you get close to Cáceres, don't see it.show original
PAQUITA Buenavida JimenezI WISH KE BRIDGE IS AGA PEATONA AND KNEW MANY PERSON OUTshow original
Silvia avbI give 5 stars for that has been world heritage site guide repsol 2014show original
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