The Roman Bridge over the Guadiana river
The Roman bridge can be considered the origin of the city establishing its layout as it is a prolongation of one of the main city arteries, the Decumanus Maximus. The bridge is located on a ford that offers a central isle as support point which divides it into two water flows.
The original construction was constituted by two sections of arches liked by a solid section protected by a cutwater located 150 metres upstream. The current structure dates from the 17th century after a flood in 1603 that destroyed the cutwater, so the central part was replaced by the arches. The bridge is 792 m (2598 feet) long being one of the biggest bridges still up from the Roman times.