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Bridge over the Sella River

  • Bridge over the Sella River © Consejería de Cultura y Turismo. Principado de Asturias

    Bridge over the Sella River © Consejería de Cultura y Turismo. Principado de Asturias

  • Bridge over the Sella River © Consejería de Cultura y Turismo. Principado de Asturias

    Bridge over the Sella River © Consejería de Cultura y Turismo. Principado de Asturias

  

Category

Bridge

Date

Late 13th century

Style

Romanesque
Avenida de Covadonga, s/n
33550 Cangas de Onís
Asturias
Asturias

Telephone+34 985848005

Websitehttp://www.cangasdeonis.es

The Roman Bridge of Cangas de Onís –also known as the 'Puente Vieyu' or 'Puentón'– is one of the best-known symbols of the Region of Asturias.

Although this site is thought to have been used in Roman times to cross the Sella River, a factor possibly leading to the establishment of Cangas de Onís as the first capital of the Kingdom of Asturias, the current 'Roman Bridge' dates from mediaeval times, probably from the late 13th century.
Its stylised and graceful forms and the design of the arches recall the Romanesque style in transition to Gothic. It has three slightly pointed arches; by far the largest is the central cambered arch under which the river flows. The two side arches are of different sizes.
A reproduction of the famous Victory Cross hangs from the central arch; this is a piece of precious metalwork dating from the start of the 10th century whose original is conserved in Oviedo Cathedral.
 

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