Puente Romano (Mérida)
Puente Romano as seen from Alcazaba of Mérida
|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)|
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. 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. It is still in use, but was pedestrianized in 1991.
Annexed to the bridge is the Alcazaba of Mérida, a Moorish fortification built in 835.
- O’Connor 1993, pp. 106–107
- O’Connor, Colin (1993), Roman Bridges, Cambridge University Press, pp. 106f. (SP15), ISBN 0-521-39326-4
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