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Alcántara Bridge
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Coordinates 39°43′21″N 6°53′33″W / 39.7224°N 6.8924°W / 39.7224; -6.8924Coordinates: 39°43′21″N 6°53′33″W / 39.7224°N 6.8924°W / 39.7224; -6.8924
Crosses Tagus River
Locale Alcántara, Spain
Heritage status Listed as cultural heritage since 1921
Characteristics
Design Roman arch bridge
Material Stone
Total length 181.7 m
Width 8.6 m
Height 45 m
Longest span 28.8 m
Number of spans 6
Load limit 52 t
History
Designer Caius Julius Lacer
Construction begin 104 AD
Construction end 106 AD

Alcántara Bridge (also called Puente Trajan at Alcantara) is a Roman stone arch bridge. It was built over the Tagus river, Alcántara, Spain between 104 and 106 AD. The Roman emperor Trajan ordered this bridge built in 98 AD.

The original length of this bridge was 190 metres (620 ft). It is now 181.7 metres (596 ft) long The clear spans of the six arches from the right to the left riverside are 13.6 metres (45 ft), 23.4 metres (77 ft), 28.8 metres (94 ft), 27.4 metres (90 ft), 21.9 metres (72 ft) and 13.8 metres (45 ft)

The Alcántara Bridge was one of 100 finalists for the 12 Treasures of Spain in 2007.

General references

  • David J. Brown, Bridges (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1993), p. 25
  • Manuel Durán Fuentes, La Construcción de Puentes Romanos en Hispania (Santiago de Compostela: Xunta de Galicia, 2004), pp. 194–200
  • Vittorio Galliazzo, I ponti romani, Catalogo generale Vol. 2 (Treviso: Edizioni Canova, 1994), pp. 353–358 (No. 754)
  • Bernhard Graf, Bridges that Changed the World (Munich: Prestel, 2002), pp. 20–21
  • Colin O’Connor, Roman Bridges (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), pp. 109–111 (SP21)

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