Ponte Vella

Ourense, Spain

Ponte Vella is a medieval footbridge built on Roman foundations in Ourense. At one time, it was considered to be the biggest bridge in all of Spain.

The original bridge across the Minho River was built during the first century rule of Emperor Augustus though other sources state that it was built during the Trajan period. A mention is made of this bridge in the will of Doña Urraca, where it is said that it was repaired with funds provided by Ferdinand III. From the Middle Ages, it has provided access to the city of Ourense for trade and pilgrimage.

The structure was rebuilt in 1230 by Bishop Lorenzo on Roman foundations (original piers), and repaired in 1449 by Bishop Pedro de Silva. It then measured 402 m long, with an arch span of 48 m. However, the main arch collapsed in 1499 and the bridge was rebuilt in 1679 to a length of 370 metres with seven arched spans, the main span measuring 43 metres.



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Founded: 1230
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Spain

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Carly Celis (6 months ago)
It is a nice shopping center in Ourense. It has several shops.
Pandora’s Box (10 months ago)
If you want to go shopping for clothes,then for the weekly food products for home and besides,you fancy a cup of tea,coffee, a pint of beer or an ice-cream, PONTE VELLA MALL is your best option! Settled in the middle of the city,with nice views towards the river from the terraces of the cafés,clean and offering a lot of options, just saying the "thousand in one" place?, you have the day planned! If you come to Ourense from elsewhere,do not miss a visit to PONTE VELLA. And if you live in the city,just include it in some plans with your friends.
Diego Vizcaino Couceiro (10 months ago)
Erratically positioned stairs, low restaurants choice, long queue to stamp parking notice, but lovely Gadis market available
Hooshiar Zolfagharnasab (12 months ago)
Second time there after 4 years, but this time I had to pay for using parking. The mall is big and covers good options of brands. The food court is unexpectedly small, and no public tables. The restrooms are clean. It has a nice balcony with a good view of river.
howard mcfarland (2 years ago)
It's a very good malls as malls go. Attractive design with great assortment of stores and restaurants.
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