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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Lucien Kivit on March 1, 2012

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

Lucien Kivit on March 1, 2012

Christos Theodorou , thank you for your nice comment, greetings Lucien

Annelies Vink on March 1, 2012

mooie foto van deze interessante brug, like

groeten, Annelies

Lucien Kivit on March 1, 2012

Annelies, bedankt voor het mooie commentaar en like, groeten Lucien

BOGDAN de Varsovie on March 1, 2012

Excellent picture. LIKE. Greetings from Poland. Bogdan

Adem Dogan on March 1, 2012

Hello my dear Friend Lucien Kivit Superb Image Composition that so wonderful looks!

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c. bayernengel on March 1, 2012

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Lucien Kivit on March 2, 2012

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

Lucien Kivit on March 2, 2012

Adem Dogan , thank you for your nice comment, like and YS, greetings Lucien

Lucien Kivit on March 2, 2012

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

Brigitte Uras on March 2, 2012

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Koutoudis Grigoris on March 2, 2012

BEAUTIFUL PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Lucien Kivit on March 2, 2012

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

Lucien Kivit on March 2, 2012

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

Петар Бојић on March 2, 2012

Interesting old bridge!

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Lucien Kivit on March 3, 2012

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

M Caminhas on March 3, 2012

Very nice. Like.

Lucien Kivit on March 4, 2012

Guitim75 , thank you for your nice omment and like, greetings Lucien

Javier García Canals… on March 4, 2012

Preciosa foto.
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Saludos,Javier

Lucien Kivit on March 4, 2012

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

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    by Lucien Kivit
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A590 IS
    • Taken on 2011/09/14 10:00:55
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