The city of Cordova is divided in two by the Guadalquivir river that runs from its source in the Sierra de Cazorla, to its mouth in the Cadiz coasts of Sanlúcar. In order to save that division, (in particular of the district of the Truth with the district of the Cathedral), it was erected in the first century the Roman Bridge to cross the aforementioned river. According to numerous investigators, by this bridge it could cross the well-known one like Vía Augusta, that arrived until Rome, capital of the Empire.
Among the materials used for the construction of this bridge of more than 300 meters, there are boulders of quartzite nature from the Sierra Morena, the red sandstone, typical of Montoro or the blocks extracted from the edge of the Guadalquivir Depression, among others. This not only reveals the complexity of its construction, but the use of one hundred percent Cordovan materials for its manufacture
Although it has undergone several modifications throughout its history to this day, (the last few years ago with a reform promoted by the Junta de Andalucía), the bridge retains many of the original elements. The bridge consisted of seventeen arches, (currently one less), of which thirteen were of half a point and the remaining four pointed.
From the Muslim era it has inherited the tower of Calahorra at its southern end and at the other end, the Brigde Gate. This was erected in the sixteenth century, like the statue of San Rafael (custodian of the city) placed in the center of the parapet.
In addition, it is necessary to take into account the landscape environment that completes, since the bridge is located in a natural reserve, known as the Sotos de la Albolafia. Thus, the flora and fauna have a special role, highlighting more than 120 species of birds. Ideal to organize a route through nature, also having the attraction of visiting several mills that have been recently renovated, such as San Antonio or Albolafia Water Mill.
A monumental complex that is completed with the Mosque-Cathedral and the quarter of the Alcázar, assuming a real pleasure to breathe history and culture as you walk through its cobblestone.