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Alcantara bridge (Cáceres)

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Location:

It is located over the Tajo river on the outskirts of the Alcántara town (Caceres).

Alcantara bridge

Description and History:

Its dimensions are 214 m long and 48 m maximum height of its central arches. The road has a width of 8 m.

Possibly It's the most important Roman bridge in the world. In fact, its name, Alcantara (Al Qantarat) means "The Bridge" in Arabic, enough to understand the importance of this construction.
It was crafted from between 105 and 106 by the Roman architect 'Cayo Iulio Lacer' Track that communicated in Norba (current Cáceres) with Conimbriga (today Condeixa-a-Velha) therefore it is not an access to any city.

At its center, and on the road, has a Arc de Triomphe in which two marble plaques observed in one inscription with the date of its construction and dedication to the emperor 'Trajan'.

The bridge has undergone several restorations mutilations and different times in history:

- In 1213, when the King of Castile, 'Fernando Alcantara II' took the Muslims at the time of the Reconquista, the first arc was cut more near the Temple.
- In 1648, during the War of the Restoration between the kingdoms of Portugal and Spain, was mutilated the second arch of the right bank.

- In 1809, during the War of Independence, when the British and Portuguese troops attempted prevent the passage of the French, breaking the same arc.

The vision that can be seen today is the architect 'Alejandro Millán' during the reign of 'Isabel II', between the years 1858-1860. Restored not only the arc destroyed in 1809, but also noticed some pillars and triumphal arch, already threatened ruin.

A few meters beyond the bridge is the dam of Alcantara, the second largest dam in Spain with a capacity of 3160 cubic hectometers and occupying an area of ​​10400 hectares.

Information based in spanisharts y puentealcantara

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December 2010www.lasmaquetas.com