Roman bridge over the Tagus river, Alcántara, Spain

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The Alcántara Bridge (also known as Puente Trajan at Alcantara) is a Roman stone arch bridge built over the Tagus River at Alcántara, Spain between 104 and 106 CE by an order of the Roman Emperor Trajan in 98. It bears the inscription Pontem perpetui mansurum in saecula (I have built a bridge which will last forever) on the archway over the central pier.

History

The Alcántara Bridge has taken more damage from war than from the elements. The Moors destroyed the smallest arch on the left side in 1214. This was rebuilt in 1543 with stone from the original quarries. The second arch on the right side was destroyed by the Spanish to stop the Portuguese and was repaired in 1762 by Charles III, only to be blown up again in 1809 to stop the French. Temporary repairs made in 1819 were replaced in 1860 with mortared masonry

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ANGEL, EL ALFA III on March 9, 2012

Muy bonita tambien. Like. Saludos desde Madrid, España

Lucien Kivit on March 9, 2012

Lidia , thank you for your nice comment, like and nice words, greetings Lucien

Lucien Kivit on March 9, 2012

Arolldo , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

elleke on March 10, 2012

beautiful capture an d an interesting bridge

LIKE

best regards, elleke

Lucien Kivit on March 10, 2012

ANGEL , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Bassam Jayousi on March 10, 2012

Impressive view, excellent shot. L+F

I add your gallery to my Favorites

Greetings, Bassam

Lucien Kivit on March 10, 2012

Elleke , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Lucien Kivit on March 10, 2012

Bassam, thank you for your nice comment, like, YS and adding as favourite, greetings Lucien

Catherine A on March 10, 2012

Nice bridge and picture. Like. Greetings. Catherine.

© BraCom (Bram) on March 11, 2012

prachtig bouwwerk wat knaap voor die tijd, mooie foto

▓ ☻ galloelprimo ☻ ▓ on March 11, 2012

Excelente sitio!! me gusta!! like 105

Lucien Kivit on March 11, 2012

Catherine , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Lucien Kivit on March 11, 2012

Bram , bedankt voor het mooie commentaar ( die oude Romeinen konden er wat van ) en voor de like, groeten Lucien

Lucien Kivit on March 11, 2012

Galloelprimo , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Lorenzo Parisi on March 15, 2012

Like 106. Complimenti e saluti. Lorenzo

Lucien Kivit on March 15, 2012

Lorenzo , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Godo Nikolov on March 18, 2012

Like. Nice composition.

Lucien Kivit on March 19, 2012

Godonikolov, thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Pom' Angers on March 20, 2012

YsL. Cordial salut, pom'

Jesus Miguel Ballero… on March 21, 2012

una preciosidad de puente sobre el rio tajo ;-) el cual he tenido el placer de conocer ;-)

una foto preciosa

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Lucien Kivit
Rijkevorsel, België

Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 9, 2012
  • Attribution-No Derivative Works
    by Lucien Kivit
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A590 IS
    • Taken on 2011/09/14 10:00:55
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1000)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.200
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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