Saturday, 11 January 2020

The Roman Bridge at Ascain


Roman bridge over the Nivelle at Ascain. Pyrenees-Atlantiques. France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Simon and I are suckers for anything Roman, so when he read that there was a Roman bridge near where we stayed in the Pyrenees, we obviously had to visit it.

5C Roman bridge over the Nivelle in Ascain. Pyrenees-Atlantiques. France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

The three arched bridge is in a park in Ascain (Azkaine in Basque), spanning the Nivelle River (Ur Ertsi in Basque). It was built in the 5th century but a flood destroyed the central arch in the 1990s and it was subsequently rebuilt. The bridge is about 40 metres in length and three metres wide.

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6 comments:

chm said...

Just like you and Simon, I am a lover of Roman and Romanesque architecture. This bridge is lovely and the lovely pictures make it even more so.

Katie Zeller said...

There are a surprising number of Roman ruins in Spain.... I love them, too

Sheila said...

Thank goodness the authorities had the wisdom to restore the damaged arch rather than replace the bridge.

Susan said...

It is well maintained and it's in a lovely location.

Susan said...

We haven't spent enough time in Spain to have much idea about Roman stuff there.

Susan said...

I guess as a listed historic monument they were obliged to.

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