Puente Romano

Mérida, Spain

The Puente Romano (Spanish for Roman Bridge) is a Roman bridge over the Guadiana River at Mérida.

It is the world's longest (in terms of distance) surviving bridge from ancient times, having once featured an estimated overall length of 755 m with 62 spans. Today, there are 60 spans (three of which are buried on the southern bank) on a length of 721 m between the abutments. Including the approaches, the structure totals 790 m. It is still in use, but was pedestrianized in 1991 as road traffic was redirected to use the nearby Lusitania Bridge.

Annexed to the bridge is the Alcazaba of Mérida, a Moorish fortification built in 835. Close to the remains of the Acueducto de los Milagros, there exists another Roman bridge at Mérida, the much smaller Puente de Albarregas.

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Paseo Roma 1A, Mérida, Spain
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Founded: 2nd century AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Spain

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Grega Vidmar (3 months ago)
Amazing. The longest Roman bridge in the world.
Heather Mycock (3 months ago)
Walk over this picturesque 2000 year old bridge. Lovely walk in both directions along the river too
Avi Ghelman (9 months ago)
Very beautiful
Agassiz (10 months ago)
Beautiful Roman bridge
Matthew Taylor (14 months ago)
Very well-preserved, nice place to walk
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