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The Ponte Velha de Mértola, also referred to as the Ponte Branca or Torre do Rio, is a structure located along the Guadiana River, in the civil parish of Mértola, municipality of Mértola, in the Portuguese district of Beja. Although named a bridge, the structure is the remains of a wharf and fortified port, linked to the defensive curtain of the walled city.HistoryIt is difficult to attribute a valid chronology, because there are few comparable architectural structures; this structure was constructed between the 9th and late 12th centuries, during the Arab occupation of the Iberian peninsula. It is likely to have been destroyed at the end of the 12th century, when they abandoned the settlement.The structure was successively confused with a bridge. It was referred to as a bridge in the 1254 foral (charter), in the design of the coat-of-arms of D. Duarte (dating to 1500), referring to as "the piers constructed by the Moors", in the Memórias Paroquiais.In 1956, there was a decision by the Junta Autónoma de Estradas to recuperate the structure.ArchitectureThe remnants of the structure are situated on the right margin of the Guadiana River, alongside the walls of the old city of Mértola, near the Porta da Ribeira.The vestiges of port and fortified wharf of which, only six piers in a curvilinear pattern, with half reinforced with talhmares, remain. There are no vestiges on the other margin of the river, and the depth of the river is such that it is difficult to mount other piers. In addition to protect the margin, the construction permits (in case of need) the passage to the other bank by barge, used in defense and access to water.It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Ponte de Mertola / Torre do Rio and many more Mertola attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Mertola travel itinerary planner.
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This is a part of Mértola that is right along the Guadiana River and is very interesting. It is the remains of a port structure and defensive structure that also served as a bridge during high... more »
Mertola é um local bem tipico do interior profunde de Portugal. A ponte de Mertola é um dos locais que é de paragem obrigatória. more »Mertola is a very typical place in the countryside of Portugal. The Mertola Bridge is one of the must-stop sites.
The bridge that separates the beauty of Mértola in the Alentejo.
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