Roman bridge of Córdoba

Córdoba, Spain

The Roman bridge of Córdoba was originally built in the early 1st century BC across the Guadalquivir river, though it has been reconstructed at various times since. Most of the present structure dates from the Moorish reconstruction in the 8th century.

Currently, after the Islamic reconstruction, has 16 arcades, one fewer than originally, and a total length of 247 meters. The width is around 9 meters.

The Via Augusta, which connected Rome to Cádiz, most likely passed through it. During the early Islamic domination the Muslim governor Al-Samh ibn Malik al-Khawlani ordered a bridge to be built on the ruins of what was left of the old Roman construction. In the Middle Ages, the Calahorra Tower and the Puerta del Puente were built at the bridge's southern and northern ends, respectively (the latter is now a 16th-century reconstruction). The bridge was reconstructed and expanded to its current size. The arches depict the famous Moorish architecture that dominates the city's scenery. In the 17th century, a sculpture depicting St. Raphael was put in the middle of the bridge, executed by Bernabé Gómez del Río.

During its history, the bridge was restored and renovated several times (in particular in the 10th century), and now only the 14th and 15th arches (counting from the Puerta del Puente) are original.

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Founded: 1st century BCE
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Spain

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agules ' (2 years ago)
This bridge was built in the 1st century BC. For twenty centuries, it was the only bridge, incredibly, in this important and wonderful city. It was built by the Romans, being the first stone bridge to cross the Guadalquivir River. He is believed to have built the famous “Via Augusta” bridge connecting Rome to Cádiz. The bridge is so important and imposing that some scenes from the Game of Thrones movie were shot here. The bridge is one of the most important monuments of this extraordinary city. Definitely a place to visit.
Fiodor Kaloev (2 years ago)
Spread majestically from one side of the Guadalquivir River to the other, the Roman bridge in Cordoba was built in 45 AD. In the 8th century, it was rebuilt by the Moors, then by the Christian rulers after the Reconquista, and the last changes date back to 1876. Now it is completely pedestrian.
Jon Young (2 years ago)
Lovely setting and great view of the river. An updated version, but you're still standing on over two thousand years of history. Not sure about the recent up dating to the top of the bridge. Must see though.
Sofia Lukashevych (2 years ago)
Magnificent bridge, great attraction of Cordoba and definitely justifies the choice for game of thrones location :) the bridge seems to be packed on weekends though. We were lucky enough to be there during the three culture market festival, which made it even more interesting and fun. Seems like cordoba is January is really fun!
Guillaume Galante (2 years ago)
Beautiful bridge leading to Cordoba’s cathedral. It was also used in Game of Thrones (however heavily used with CGI). A nice walk along the bridge gives you a wonderful view on the city. On the other side however there is not much to see.
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