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The Old Roman Bridge

Although the bridge itself is not Roman neither has a Roman origin. It was built when Tavira belonged to al-Andalus (the Islamic Domain of Iberia), most probably in the 2nd half of the 12th century. Then, for a few decades Tavira was an independent commune, before being submitted to the Almohade Empire. 

 

The bridge was a fundamental elament or the madieval defence of Tavira and its associated main road, limited with towers on both sides. It had houses on it in the Middle Ages. By 1550 it had apparently a movable wooden floorwhich could be removedfor securinty reasons.

The old bridge collapsed in 1655 and was rebuilt in it's present form.

 

 

 

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