Penkalas Bridge

The Penkalas Bridge is a Roman bridge over the Penkalas (today Kocaçay), a small tributary of the Rhyndakos (Adırnas Çayı), in Aezani, Asia Minor (Çavdarhisar in present-day Turkey).

Penkalas Bridge
Penkalas Bridge in 1992
Coordinates39°12′03″N 29°36′44″E / 39.200833°N 29.612222°E / 39.200833; 29.612222Coordinates: 39°12′03″N 29°36′44″E / 39.200833°N 29.612222°E / 39.200833; 29.612222
CrossesPenkalas (Kocaçay)
LocaleAezani, Turkey
DesignArch bridge
No. of spans5
Construction end2nd century AD

The 2nd-century AD structure was once one of four ancient bridges in Aezani and is assumed to have been the most important crossing-point due to its central location in the vicinity of the Zeus temple and the direct access it provided to the Roman road to Cotyaeum (Kütahya).[1] According to reports by European travellers, the ancient parapet remained in use as late as 1829, having been unfortunately replaced today by an unsightly iron railing.[1]

Around 290 m upstream, another well-preserved, almost identical five-arched Roman bridge leads across the Penkalas.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Galliazzo 1994, p. 403


  • Galliazzo, Vittorio (1994), I ponti romani. Catalogo generale, vol. 2, Treviso: Edizioni Canova, p. 403 (No. 839), ISBN 88-85066-66-6
  • O’Connor, Colin (1993), Roman Bridges, Cambridge University Press, p. 124 (No. E12), ISBN 0-521-39326-4

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