ID Location - 54 -
- Name:Roman Bridge, Salamanca
Owner:Ayuntamiento de Salamanca
Autonomous Community:Castilla y León
Web / URL:Contact:Salamanca Film Commission
Phone:(+34) 923 272 408
Description:It stands on the River Tormes. This bridge in Salamanca (Castile and Leon) was built in the 1st Century. The passage of time and the numerous river floods damaged part of the bridge. In the 17th century Philip IV ordered the rehabilitation of the damaged section. The solid bridge is part of the Vía de la Plata, one of the three Roman roads that linked Emerita Augusta (Merida) with Cesar Augusta (Astorga). From it one can see a magnificent view of the cathedral and the riverbanks of the Tormes.
Climate:The climate is overall continental Mediterranean, with an average temperature of 3 º C in January and 25 º C in July. With 580 mm of annual rainfall, without ever exceeding 400 mm in the capital, Salamanca. Salamanca’s terrain is divided in two different areas: the foothills of Spain’s central mountain range in the south, that include the Béjar mountain range- with the mountains Calvitero and Tocón-, the Sierra de Francia mountain range – that includes Sequeros, Velero and Linares- and the Sierra de Gata; and the Campo Charro peneplain.
Historical Period:1st-5th centuries
Building material:Stone and granite.
State of Conservation:In good state
Level of protection:Complete Monumental Protection
Usual activities:Used to cross the river Tormes
Events, festivals and traditions:- June 12: Festivity of San Juan de Sahagún, the students’ patron. Parades and musical and cultural events.
- From September 8th to 21st: Virgen de la Vega. Folkloric and other musical performances, street festivals and bullfights.
- Lunes de Aguas (After Easter). Students concentrate next to the Roman bridge and spend the afternoon eating hornazo (typical roasts of Salamanca), drinking and chatting.