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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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  • It is a precious access to the city, with direct entrance to the mosque. I recommend going at night tb. We have had problems to pass as holy week. With totally blocked access, despite having a so-called access with security enabled, we have had to wait more than 40 minutes. Coordination is pretty bad and I hope to change it for years to come.
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  • Nice views at day and night.Some musicians are playing there.Top free attraction in Cordoba and easy to reach  more »
  • We visited the bridge at night, which was very impressive and beautiful. Everything is illuminated and thus offers optimum
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  • 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!
  • Really nice bridge and river view. The side streets have really nice restaurants as well.
  • Nice view of the river . Not long, can be walked in a few minutes. View of the cathedral.
  • Super nice location with a great view over the old Town, the museum is a bit over priced to my taste