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Roman Bridge at Mérida

Crossing the river Guadiana at its highest navigable point, the bridge is the longest in Roman Hispania and one of the most picturesque. Constructed of granite under Trajan or, more likely, Augustus, its sixty arches span two forks of the river, including an island in midstream which had warehouses, shops, and wharfs. In 1993, the bridge was restored and turned into a pedestrian walkway.