Bridge of Mantible

The Bridge of Mantible (Spanish: Puente Romano de Mantible) is a ruined bridge located near Logroño, Spain. It crosses the Ebro river between La Rioja and the Basque Country, connecting El Cortijo and Assa.

Bridge of Mantible
Native name
Spanish: Puente Romano de Mantible
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LocationLa Rioja and the Basque Country, Spain
Coordinates42°30′36″N 2°30′29″W / 42.510026°N 2.507931°W / 42.510026; -2.507931Coordinates: 42°30′36″N 2°30′29″W / 42.510026°N 2.507931°W / 42.510026; -2.507931
Built2nd century—?[1]
Official namePuente Romano de Mantible
TypeNon-movable
CriteriaMonument
Designated1983
Reference no.RI-51-0004791
Bridge of Mantible is located in Spain
Bridge of Mantible
Location of Bridge of Mantible in Spain

According to some historians, construction of the bridge began in the first half of the 2nd century, well into Rome's imperial period. Others suggest that the bridge was built in the 11th century, near the same time in which the Puente La Reina was constructed over the River Arga, and that both were made to join the two most important cities of the Kingdom of Navarre, Nájera and Pamplona.

Neither theory makes clear at what point the bridge became no longer passable, but there are documents that suggest that it had already fully deteriorated by halfway through the 16th century.

The bridge is 164 meters long, 5 meters wide and reaches a maximum height of 30 meters. It was built with seven semicircular arches, only two of which stand relatively intact today. There are only a few remains of the other five arches. The two standing arches serve as an example of the excellent quarry stone used in the bridge.[2]

It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1983.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sivan, H.; S. Keay; R. Mathisen; DARMC; R. Talbert; S. Gillies; T. Elliott; J. Becker. "Places: 247645 (Bridge of Mantible)". Pleiades. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  2. ^ Informational signs posted on each side of the river.

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