Puente Romano (Mérida)

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For the Puente Romano in Córdoba, Spain, see Roman bridge of Córdoba.
Puente Romano
Puente Romano y Puente de Lusitania, Mérida.jpg
Puente Romano as seen from Alcazaba of Mérida
Crosses Guadiana River
Locale Mérida, Spain
Design Arch bridge
Material Granite ashlar
Total length 790 m (incl. approaches)
Width Ca. 7.1 m
Longest span 11.6 m
Number of spans 60 (incl. 3 buried)
Construction end Reign of Trajan (98–117 AD)
Puente Romano (Mérida) is located in Spain
Puente Romano (Mérida)
Location within Spain
Coordinates 38°54′47″N 6°21′03″W / 38.91306°N 6.35083°W / 38.91306; -6.35083Coordinates: 38°54′47″N 6°21′03″W / 38.91306°N 6.35083°W / 38.91306; -6.35083

The Puente Romano (Spanish for Roman Bridge) is a Roman bridge over the Guadiana River at Mérida, Spain. It is the longest surviving bridge from ancient times, having once featured an estimated overall length of 755 m with 62 spans.[1] Today, there are 60 spans (three of which are buried on the southern bank) on a length of 721 m between the abutments. Including the approaches, the structure totals 790 m.

Annexed to the bridge is the Alcazaba of Mérida, a Moorish fortification built in 835.

Close to the remains of the Los Milagros aqueduct bridge, there exists another Roman bridge at Mérida, the much smaller Puente de Albarregas.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ O’Connor 1993, pp. 106–107

Sources[edit]

  • O’Connor, Colin (1993), Roman Bridges, Cambridge University Press, pp. 106f. (SP15), ISBN 0-521-39326-4 

External links[edit]

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