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Archbishop’s Bridge

The Archbishop’s Bridge, built in the 14th century by order of Pedro Tenorio, Archbishop of Toledo and Duke of Estrada, is one of the most representative works of medieval civil architecture. Located over the Tagus River, this stone bridge was built to facilitate the passage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Extremadura, avoiding the dangerous boat crossings that were previously used. Soon after, the village of the same name was born next to it, with the mission of guarding the bridge.

Originally built with eight arches, its structure was enlarged to eleven arches in the 18th century to prevent flooding, demonstrating its importance and durability. Its construction not only facilitated the transit of herds and pilgrims to Guadalupe, but also served as a safe passage for the repopulators of the southern bank of the Tagus, consolidating its crucial role in the communications of the time.

The Archbishop’s Bridge stands out not only for its functionality, but also for its historical and strategic importance. During the Spanish Civil War and the Napoleonic invasion, its control was vital due to its strategic location on the Royal Road to Guadalupe, Lisbon and Avila. Today, six centuries after its construction, the Archbishop’s Bridge is still in use, preserved in perfect condition, and continues to be a symbol of medieval engineering and the history of the region. Its inclusion by UNESCO in the Intangible Heritage of Humanity also highlights the cultural and artisanal importance of the pottery produced in the region, which contributes to the economy and identity of the municipality of El Puente del Arzobispo.

 

 

  • Address
    CM4100, Puente del Arzobispo, Spain
  • Web
    None
  • Visiting Hours
    Always open
  • What to see
    Medieval bridge

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