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photoblog image Salamanca 2 of several

Salamanca 2 of several

 

A closer view of the twin cathedrals, with the Roman bridge (now pedestrian only) in the foreground.  The bridge was built in the 1st century AD and, as you can see, is in need - once again - of restoration!

 

Returning from Sweden today - normal service resumed ASAP.

 

Salamanca 2 of several

 

A closer view of the twin cathedrals, with the Roman bridge (now pedestrian only) in the foreground.  The bridge was built in the 1st century AD and, as you can see, is in need - once again - of restoration!

 

Returning from Sweden today - normal service resumed ASAP.

 

comments (11)

Quelle belle vue sur le pont et la cathédrale ! C'est bien que le pont soit piétonnier.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine - Oui, le pont ne survivrait pas avec des véhicules lourds.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Feb 2017, 00:52
Why are there two cathedrals, Tom...did the clergy spilt in two pieces due to an argument over scripture interpretation, or the question of whether fruit should be eaten at the start or finish of the meal, or some such?
Tom Wilson: Probably simply down to clerical ambition smile As far as I can make out from the article in the Spanish Wikipedia (and my Spanish is pretty restricted!), it was envisaged that the Old Cathedral would be torn down, once it was planned to build the new - but the need for a cathedral while the new one was being built resulted in the Old Cathedral being retained.
Terrific architecture!
Tom Wilson: They new how to build in those days!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Feb 2017, 06:32
This bridge really is an ancient artefact, let's hope they conserve it properly
Tom Wilson: I think there's a strong motivation to ensure it survives, Chris.
Built to last, then, compared to the ones built nowadays!
Tom Wilson: Indeed it was - not knowing the engineering principles of bridges at the time, they simply built them as strong as they could manage smile
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 8 Feb 2017, 07:01
What a bridge!
Tom Wilson: It's amazing that it has survived!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Feb 2017, 08:10
Quite a view of old sandstone constructions. To the left - a go-cart track, where a river could flow?
Tom Wilson: The main stretch of the bridge is beyond that buttress at the left of the pic - that's where the river is. Not a go-cart track but some kind of access road to a playing field off left - you can see it here: http://bit.ly/2kWbXce
Lots of lovely spires.
Tom Wilson: The ones on the left belong to the university.
a bit of tlc and it will be good for another few hundred years
Tom Wilson: If taken care of it will probably last another thousand!
Three fine constructions in one picture, a least the bridge is still standing, there are many newer ones that haven't lasted anything like that long here and there.
Tom Wilson: That's true enough, Brian.
I take a photography exactly at the same place. Nice framing

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