The Guadiana Bridge (Puente Romano)
The easiest way to describe this bridge is by quoting the 1992 UNESCO evaluation of this bridge is as follows:
The bridge, which is still in use, is the longest known from the Roman period, at 792 metres (866 yards/ almost 1/2 mile) overall length. It consists of two sections of arches linked by a large pier with massive cutwaters, built in granite and concrete. Much of the original Roman structure survives, especially at the two ends. It dates from the foundation of the colony in 25 BC. Another, smaller, bridge from the same period spans the Albarregas brook, a tributary of the Guadiana.
The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 1993.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, the Romans used a fair bit of concrete.
Adjacent to this end of the bridge, and from where this picture was taken, is The Alcazaba (gate/fort), which was originally Roman, then Visigoth. The present structure is believed to date from 9th century when it was rebuilt by 'Abd Allah ibn Kulaib, for the Emir, 'Abd ar-Rahman ibn al-Hakam' following a local rebellion.
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