Puente de San Martin, Toledo

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    Puente de San Martin

    by GentleSpirit Updated May 4, 2013

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    The Puente de San Martin served as the western entrance to the city, Dating from the late 14th century, this was at one time the longest bridge of its kind. Its span is 40 meters and stands 27 meters above the River Tagus.

    I was reading that this bridge originally had more of a commercial purpose, as it had to be sturdy enough to be able to bear the load of stones coming from the quarries west into Toledo.

    The bridge is named in honor of St Martin, an early bishop in the Church. He was born in what is today Hungary to a military family. St Martin in the patron saint of soldiers.

    The photo shows the defensive tower that was constructed in the 13th century. Another one, bearing the coat of arms of Carlos V is at the opposite end of the bridge and was constructed in the 16th century.

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    Puente de San Martin

    by Jefie Written Aug 1, 2008

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    This medieval bridge was built at the beginning of the 13th century and was part of the city's fortifications system. It crosses the Tajo River at a height of 95 m, supported by five great archs, the largest of which (the middle one) is about 40 m wide. Two large gates were built on either side of the bridge to prevent invaders from attacking the city. Of course, the risk of invasion being much lower nowadays, visitors are free to walk up and down the bridge to enjoy a beautiful view of the river and the surrounding landscape :o)

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    by barryg23 Written Mar 4, 2007

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    Puente de San Martin is a pedestrian only bridge connecting the old city to the western parts of Toledo. This elegant bridge was built in the 14th century on the site of an earlier bridge which had been destroyed by flooding. The bridge is 30 metres high and has 5 arches of varying lengths and two defensive towers at either end. There are excellent views of Toledo from the bridge and from the road beyond. To get to the bridge, walk in the direction of San Juan de los Reyes church - it’s about 5 minutes walk downhill from here.

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    Puente de San Martin

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 23, 2006

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    Bridge Puente de San Martin existed from immemorial time. It was washed away by a flood in 1211 and restored two centuries later. One of the bridge towers was built in XIII century, another tower was built in XVI century. It was decorated by the arms of emperor Charles V.

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    Puente de San Martin (Bridge of San Martin)

    by Birsen Updated Apr 3, 2006

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    This bridge is supported by four arches and it was built in the 14th century as part of the protective enclosure of the city, together with the Bridge of Alcantara.

    The central arch is the largest of the four arches; it is pointed and is 27 meters high. Two gates or towers protect the Goth framework of the bridge. The bridge offers beautiful views surroundings of the town of Toledo .

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    Puente De San Martin

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 8, 2013

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    This Medieval bridge crosses a gorge from the new city into the old. It's a fantastic view either from the bridge or of the bridge from the old city.

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    St Martins Bridge over Tagus [ Taio ]

    by alectrevor Updated Jul 9, 2013

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    This is a medieval bridge built in the 14th century. Gets its name from a nearby church St Martins. It is a pedestrian bridge that connects the old city with the west side of the river.

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    Puente de San Martin

    by alucas Updated May 30, 2005

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    The Puente de San Martin is a fine stone medieval bridge, dating from before the 14th century. It can be found just to the south-west of San Juan de los Reyes.

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