Alcántara is known for monumental Roman, its history, and its important medieval monuments, but the ex-libris of the city is the monumental Roman bridge.
The Alcántara bridge was built by the Romans on the river Tagus between 104 and 106 by order of Emperor Trajan. It is possibly the most important of the remaining Roman bridges around the world. His name, Alcántara (Al Qantarat) which means "the bridge" in Arabic, comes from the time of the Muslim invasion.
The bridge has six arches, 194 feet long and in the highest part measures 57 yards, in the Arch of the bridge stands the Arc of triumph, with 14 meters high and 8 meters wide.
Alcántara, is a city located in the province of Cáceres in Spain. Its location at the confluence of the rivers Tagus and Alagón, as well as its proximity to the Portuguese border, shaped so determinant the physiognomy of Alcantara that was other occupied by Visigoths that you called "Oliva", later came the Arabs and became "Al Qantarat" which derives the current name.
- Copyright: Joao Correia (sogal) (899)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-25
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: FujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR, Fujinon 30X / 24-700 mm Eq. f.8-6.6, Hoya PRO1 Digital Circular PL
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2013-01-06 2:28