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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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  • This bridge i found as a near destination from Caseres and decided to visit as i love old bridges. It was built between the years 105- 106 dc The architecture is so amazing. In one side is a small tem...  more »
  • On our way back home from Madrid, we took the EX-207 (among other roads) to go through Marvão, and that put us unknowingly on a course over the ancient bridge over the River Tajo/Tejo near Alcántara. ...  more »
  • This was an amazing site due to its antiquity- @103 AD!! Knowing Romans used the bridge so long ago is plenty to think about!! A beautiful area! Although a bit far from Madrid, the sites in Extremadur...  more »
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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.
  • This bridge is awesome
  • Is one of the best places to cross the border
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