Roman bridge over Rio Tajo
Alcantara Travel Blog› entry 5 of 42 › view all entries
we decided to stop here to see the 2000 year old Roman bridge after hearing about it on a Teaching Company lecture on Classical archeology. The architect had an engraving saying he Caius Julius Lacer built this bridge to last forever. It's hard to think of what we build today that will last 2000 years.
The river Tajo is the same one we met in Toledo, they put up the Alcantara dam less than 1km upstream from the bridge, and it's clearly visible. But we can pretend it's not there and step back in time. Cross the bridge by car or walk, there wasn't much traffic here near the border of Portugal and Spain.
We walked the bridge, took pictures, and then went to check in at our convent-turned-hotel in Alcantara. It's a nice hotel with even a computer in the room! In the lobby is a small museum like display of what used to be in the convent and some local art work. After a rest in the hotel, we went back to the Roman bridge before sunset for more pictures, and also took a hike up the hill, past the ruins to the town of Alcantara. Some local people were also taking a walk, but in the opposite direction, We were going up the hill, they were going down, and we could see them walk on the bridge. Then when we were walking in the the ruins, going down, they were coming up. We then drove the car around to the town, and walk the streets from the other direction, again we ran into one of the locals. She said it's the 3rd time we ran into each other today! The town was quite deserted though at 8pm after the sun set, and we went back to the hotel to have our dinner, which was very good.
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