Gemarrin Bridge

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Gemarrin Bridge
Carries Roman road to As-Suwayda
Crosses Wadi Zeidi
Locale Close to Bosra, Syria
Design Arch bridge
Material Basalt blocks
Number of spans 3
Gemarrin Bridge is located in Syria
Gemarrin Bridge
Gemarrin Bridge

The Bridge of Gemarrin is a Roman bridge in the vicinity of the ancient city of Bostra (modern-day Bosra) in southern Syria. The bridge belonged to the Roman road to Soada Dionysias (As-Suwayda), crossing the Wadi Zeidi some kilometers north of Bostra.[1]

Today, the structure presents itself essentially as an arch skeleton: while the three semi-circular arches, made from local basalt, are still extant, the roadway and the fill have been removed to expose the top of the arch vaults.[2] Obliquely running embankments on both sides of the wadi force the water in the river bed under the bridge.[3]

At least two other Roman bridges over the Wadi Zeidi, the Kharaba Bridge and the one At-Tayyibeh, have survived to this day.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kissel & Stoll 2000, p. 110, Fig. 1b
  2. ^ Kissel & Stoll 2000, p. 116, Fig. 11
  3. ^ Kissel & Stoll 2000, p. 117

Sources[edit]

  • Kissel, Theodor; Stoll, Oliver (2000), Die Brücke bei Nimreh. Ein Zeugnis römischer Verkehrspolitik im Hauran, Syrien, Antike Welt 31 (2): 109–125 

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External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 32°32′57.8″N 36°29′45.7″E / 32.549389°N 36.496028°E / 32.549389; 36.496028