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Augusta Emerita: Bridge


Bridge of Emerita Augusta. Photo Marco Prins.
Bridge of Emerita Augusta
Augusta Emerita: Roman city in western Spain, modern Mérida, capital of the province of Lusitania.
 
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The first-century bridge across the Guadiana, made of concrete clad with dressed ashlars, has often been repaired. With 60 arches and a length of almost eight hundred meter (792 to be precise), it is the longest Roman bridge in Spain. It rises about twelve meter above the average water level. However, the Guadiana sometimes floods, and the small arches inside the piers are thereto enable high water to pass along, and take away some pressure from the bridge.

The bridge was repaired by the Visigothic king Eurik in 438.

A satellite photo can be seen here.

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Bridge of Emerita Augusta. Photo Jan van Vliet. Bridge of Emerita Augusta. Photo Jan van Vliet. Bridge of Emerita Augusta. Photo Jan van Vliet.
Bridge of Emerita Augusta. Photo Marco Prins. Bridge of Emerita Augusta. Photo Jan van Vliet. Bridge of Emerita Augusta. Photo Jan van Vliet.

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