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Roman Bridge over the Guadiana River

  •  Roman bridge over the Guadiana River. Mérida, Badajoz © Turespaña

    Roman bridge over the Guadiana River. Mérida, Badajoz © Turespaña

  

Category

Bridge

Date

First century (B.C.)

Style

Roman
Zona del puente sobre el Guadiana
06800 Mérida
Badajoz, Extremadura
Badajoz

The union of Emerita Augusta and Tarragona.

It was the first building erected in the Roman city of Emerita Augusta to protect the colony strategically from possible attacks. It belongs to Mérida’s Roman archaeological site and has the UNESCO World Heritage designation.

It is built with dressed granite ashlars and is made up of sixty semicircular arches. The layout and most of the primitive manufacture were carried in the time of Augustus, and it was renovated at different times. It is one of the longest Roman bridges in Spain - 792 metres. The water pillars are rounded and have overflow channels between the arches, which were built to stop the river from overflowing.

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