Sail the Iberian Peninsula - 2019

The Roman Bridge

The Romans built the bridge in the 1 st century BC to create a crossing of the Guadalquivir River to complete the Rome to Cadiz highway. The original bridge featured 17 arches. Through the years the bridge has been renovated and restored several times. Today only the 14 th and 15 th arches are original and there are only 16 arches now. The bridge is 810 feet long and 30 feet wide. The Moors did the most extensive restorations in the 8 th century, adding the Calahorra Tower and the “Door to the Fountain” at either end of the bridge.

Though the bridge is an amazing architectural and engineering feat from ancient history, it is not the most incredible structure in the city. That honor goes to the Mosque Cathedral of Cordova! This huge edifice is overwhelming in its size, history and sheer beauty. During its history, the building has been Visigoth Christian, Muslim, and Roman Catholic.

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