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Roman Bridge, Cordoba

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The Roman bridge of Córdoba is a bridge in the Historic centre of Córdoba, Andalusia, southern Spain, originally built in the early 1st century BC across the Guadalquivir river, though it has been reconstructed at various times since. Most of the present structure dates from the Moorish reconstruction in the 8th century.It is included in the small preserved area known as Sotos de la Albolafia.HistoryThe bridge was built by the Romans in the early 1st century BC, perhaps replacing a previous wooden one. It currently, after the Islamic reconstruction, has 16 arcades, one less than originally, and a total length of 247 meters. The width is around 9 meters.The Via Augusta, which connected Rome to Cádiz, most likely passed through it. During the early Islamic domination the Muslim governor Al-Samh ibn Malik al-Khawlani ordered a bridge to be built on the ruins of what was left of the old Roman construction. In the Middle Ages, the Calahorra Tower and the Puerta del Puente were built at the bridge's southern and northern ends, respectively (the latter is now a 16th-century reconstruction). The bridge was reconstructed and expanded to its current size. The arches depict the famous Moorish architecture that dominates the city's scenery. In the 17th century, a sculpture depicting St. Raphael was put in the middle of the bridge, executed by Bernabé Gómez del Río.
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  • Wonderful!!! A true link with the past, incredible in its majesty. Definetely the best way to access to the city!!!  more »
  • Walk across this bridge after the heat of the day has dissipated. Awesome views at dusk from every direction. This bridge, dating back to the 1st century BC, but since modified, repaired and...  more »
  • On a quiet evening, this bridge is reminiscent of the Charles River Bridge in Prague. There is the Mosque of Cordoba on one side and a great little museum of the golden age of Cordoba on the other side. I highly recommend a leisurely walk across the Roman Bridge of Cordoba.
  • Almost 2000 years old civil work from Roman empire, later re-constructed and re designed by Muslims rulers of Spain around 1200 years ago. Once has been the vital bridge from military point of view and the only passege to enter the once 'The Jewel of entire Europe' the city of Cordoba.

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