Puente / Puente Nuevo, Ronda, Andalusia, Spain

April 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The "Puente Nuevo" (new bridge) spans the 120m (390ft) deep chasm that carries the Guadalevín River and divides the city of Ronda, province of Andalusia in southern Spain. The architect was José Martin de Aldehuela and the chief builder Juan Antonio Díaz Machuca. The bridge was started in 1751 and took 42 years to build. Fifty workers were killed during its construction. There is a chamber above the central arch that was used for a variety of purposes, including as a prison. During the 1936-1939 civil war both sides allegedly used the prison as a torture chamber for captured opponents, killing some by throwing them from the windows to the rocks at the bottom of the El Tajo gorge. This picture is from the less appealing side of the bridge, still an image that I like very much that captures part of the wonderful Parador (upper left corner) and some of the many restaurants and bars hanging on the cliff.

(N 36 44.442 / W 5 09.950) / Camera Data: Single shot, 24mm, 1/8sec, f/5, ISO640‬

 


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