Return to Roman Spain


One of the finest examples of Roman bridge building, the Puente Romano across the Río Tajo was built in AD 106 and dedicated to the Emperor Trajan, who is honored by a triumphal arch in the center of the bridge and a small temple at one end. The granite structure, which is held together without mortar, was restored in the nineteenth century and takes its name from the Arabic for bridge: Alcántara.