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Roman Bridge, Cordoba

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The Roman bridge of Córdoba is a bridge in the Historic centre of Córdoba, Andalusia, southern Spain, originally built in the early 1st century BC across the Guadalquivir river, though it has been reconstructed at various times since. Most of the present structure dates from the Moorish reconstruction in the 8th century.It is included in the small preserved area known as Sotos de la Albolafia.HistoryThe bridge was built by the Romans in the early 1st century BC, perhaps replacing a previous wooden one. It currently, after the Islamic reconstruction, has 16 arcades, one less than original ones, and a total length of 247 meters. The width is around 9 meters.The Via Augusta, which connected Rome to Cádiz, most likely passed through it. During the early Islamic domination the Muslim governor Al-Samh ibn Malik al-Khawlani ordered a bridge to be built on the ruins of what was left of the old Roman construction. In the Middle Ages, the Calahorra Tower and the Puerta del Puente were built at the bridge's southern and northern ends, respectively (the latter is now a 16th-century reconstruction). The bridge was reconstructed and expanded to its current size. The arches depict the famous Moorish architecture that dominates the city's scenery. In the 17th century, a sculpture depicting St. Raphael was put in the middle of the bridge, executed by Bernabé Gómez del Río.
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To experience the heart of Cordoba's old-world charm, the famous Jewish Quarter, or Judería, offers an array of family-owned pensions and boutique hotels with close proximity to the city's main attractions and lively tapas culture. A number of newer hotels surround the local train and bus stations offering more spacious accomodations, although removed from the city's historical district. Above all, be sure to book a hotel equipped with air conditioning as Cordoba is famous for its scorching tempuratures during the late spring and summer.
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  • The bridge has been evolved and repaired many times from its Roman origins. When we were here in June there was relatively​ little water flowing and the river was choked with small bushes and trees. I...  more »
  • Easy to walk to from the Jewish Quarter, on a mild evening, it is a nice stroll after enjoying a delicious Spanish meal.  more »
  • There is so much about this bridge. Other than an outstanding view of the Quadalquivir River and Calahorra Tower, it provides a very good view of Plaza Canonigo Torres Molina with the Mosque-Cathedral...  more »
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  • Historically speaking, it's awesome. Logistically speaking, it's a kilometer of uncovered, very hot pavement with no stores or vendors along the way to the tower on the other side and you must also walk another km right back the way you came. I would stand on it, take pictures on it by the river and then go elsewhere. Skip the trip across.
  • If you are in Córdoba you have to see the bridge. It is in the centre of everything, and all the sights are in the area. Great views, you can get a great view of this bridge if you go on the one over. Beautiful.
  • This ancient bridge was constructed by the Romans, under Emperor Augustus, as a manner to cross over the River Guadalquivir. To the extreme south of the bridge, there is another touristic site, the Tower of Calahorra, and to the north the Door of the Bridge. In the center of the bridge there is a beautiful homage to Archangel San Rafael. This piece was created by the sculptor Bernabé Gómez del Río. There is a fantastic fact I would like to share with you. The reason for the edification of San Rafael was grateful hearts after the Cordoba controlled the plague that consumed the city in the middle of the 17th century. Within the modern times, The Roman Bridge was the way to access the City. Travelers coming from the South entered from this bridge. It became an integral part of the movement of people traveling form the center of Spain to Cordoba and Cordoba to Spain. In 2004 motor traffic was not allowed and became a place in which people could freely walk. There is no cost to visit the Roman Bridge. This is an activity open to the family. In fact, the bridge is located within a small natural reserve, Soto’s de Albolafia, a bird’s paradise. This bridge has appeared in movies and it was part of the filming for the Game of Thrones, see? It is a very interesting site to engage! The view to the River from above is spectacular. Take some photographs! Once you are finished adoring this site, you should walk back and have a cup of helado, or ice cream…just like is Spain, all flavors are superb! My favorite is lemon. I think that one of the most fascinating facts about the bridge comes from the days of the Arabs. Indeed, there is a chronicle called the El Ajbar machmúa o Ajbar maŷmúa that is located in the Library of Paris. Hey add the Library to your visit to the City of Lights! In this chronicle’s, the writings mentioned a night in which in a very raining night the armies coming from the North of Africa marched in through this bridge. Come on, close your eyes and imagine these warriors marching in as you walked the fantastic relic, The Roman Bridge. Adios, like the Spaniards would said – Bye!
  • Whoever visited cordoba must see the bridge very good views
  • You can have a pleasant afternoon stroll while marveling at the engineering feat. Great view of the arch and monument.