The Puente de Alcántara bridge has a history that pre-dates its Islamic name (in Arabic "alcántara" means ... More
Puente de Alcántara
The Puente de Alcántara bridge has a history that pre-dates its Islamic name (in Arabic "alcántara" means bridge). It was originally constructed in the Roman era. It was later destroyed then rebuilt during Arabic times (854). In 1257 floods demolished it again but Alfonso X ordered its reconstruction the following year. The bridge was originally defended by a tower at either end. Only the one nearest the city remains and the other was replaced by a baroque gateway in 1721.
The baroque shrine's holding images of San Isidro and Santa María de la Cabeza make this nine arched bridge over
the River Manzanares the most attractive in Madrid. It's closed to traffic so you can enjoy walking over it ...
This stronghold was built by Alfonso VI on a hill high above the city on the site of the ruins
of a Muslim fort. It is rectangular in structure and flanked by four square towers. The facade presents rows ...
An architectural jewel of the Spanish Gothic style whose outstanding features are the cloisters and the arched galleries. The ground
floor houses numerous sculptures along with some fine carved stone reliefs depicting images of animals and vegetation. The upper ...