Roman Bridge, Salamanca
Puente Romano or Roman Bridge over River Tormes existed here from the times of Roman Empire or I A.D. Unfortunately this bridge was partially destroyed by the flood in 1626. Thanks God, fifteen original Roman arches survived. When you enter the bridge from the northern bank of River Tormes you are going to see the column with so called Iberian Hog and this is the tribute to Ibero-Celtic pre-Roman cultural traditions of local tribes. From Roman Bridge you will enjoy with wonderful view at the city of Salamanca and New Cathedral.
South of the city, an old bridge now closed to vehicles, it is the first sign of roman presence.
Though having suffered a few transformations, the last one in the 17th century replacing a whole section of the bridge, the original conception is still visible in the old section.
This bridge offers pleasant strolling and some of the best views of the old city and the cathedrals
It was originally constructed in the year 89, but was reconstructed in the 17th century after it was damaged due to flooding.
There is not much life around the bridge to tell the truth, and there is no traffic passing over the bridge as it is pedestrian.
At night it is very nice to go around, on the banks of the river Tormes, and observe how it illuminates, with the cathedral and the rest of the old city in the background.
It is in a romantic style with a statue of a male pig at the beginning of the Salamanca side
It represents the pre-Roman Salmantine art, which is of Celtic origin and is portrayed over the shield of the city
It is believed that this 26-arch bridge was built in the first century A.D. Over Río (river) Tormes, this roman bridge linked the cities o Mérida and Atorga (part of the Vía de la Plata/Silver Route).
The bull, on the north side of the bridge, was mentioned in the work "Lazarillo de Tormes".
Moving down the street toward the river on Avenida Reyes de Espana, we come to a wonderful view of the ancient Roman Bridge (el Puente Romano) spanned across the Tormes River. The fifteen arches of the bridge closest to the city, constructed during the time of Trajan (A.D. 98-117), are original. The remainder of the bridge was swept away during a flood in 1626. Regardless, the bridge is an amazing site from the Puente de Enrique Esteban.
Crossing the bridge, which only allows foot traffic now, gives you a commanding view of the Catedral Vieja and Catedral Nueva.
Walking down through the town to the old Roman Bridge across the Tourmas river provides an opportunity to get a more distant view of the city, with the massive cathedral dominating the panorama.
This beautiful Roman bridge that crosses the river Tormes is still in use as a pedestrian bridge. You have a very nice view at the city when you stand on the bridge.
You can get a great view of the city from the 400m long Puento Romano (Roman Bridge) on the south side of Salamanca.