Severan Bridge, Adiyaman

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The Severan Bridge is a late ancient Roman bridge located near the ancient city of Arsameia, 55km north east of Adıyaman in southeastern Turkey. It spans Cendere Çayı, a tributary of Kâhta Creek on the provincial road 02-03 from Kâhta to Sincik in Adıyaman Province. This bridge has been described and pictured in 1883 by archeologists Osman Hamdi Bey et Osgan EfendiDescription and historyThe bridge is constructed as a simple, unadorned, single majestic arch on two rocks at the narrowest point of the creek. At 34.2m clear span, the structure is quite possibly the second largest extant arch bridge by the Romans. It is 120m long and 7m wide.The bridge was rebuilt by the Legio XVI Gallica, garrisoned in the ancient city of Samosata (today Samsat) to begin a war with Parthia. Commagenean cities built four Corinthian columns on the bridge, in honor of the Roman Emperor Lucius Septimius Severus (193–211), his second wife Julia Domna, and their sons Caracalla and Publius Septimius Geta as stated on the inscription in Latin on the bridge. Two columns on the Kâhta side are dedicated to Septimius Severus himself and his wife, and two more on the Sincik side are dedicated to Caracalla and Geta, all in 9–10 m in height. Geta's column, however, was removed after his assassination by his brother Caracalla, who damned Geta's memory and ordered his name to be removed from all inscriptions. Using our world travel planner, Adiyaman attractions like Severan Bridge can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It is an ancient bridge on the road to Mount Nemrut. You can stop by, have a look, have tea next to the bridge and go your way to Nemrut. As far as I understand it is called Cendere Bridge in Turkish.  more »
  • On the road from Kahta to Nemrut Dagi. Unfortunately there is no swimming allow in the river but there is nothing to stop you from soaking your feet in the cool water.  more »
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