Puente De Segovia

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Puente De Segovia, The Bridge of Segovia is a Renaissance monument of the city of Madrid (Spain), by the architect Juan de Herrera. It is situated at the intersection of Calle de Segovia with the river Manzanares, a point which has historically been one of the main entrances to the village.

The bridge of Segovia is the oldest (surviving) of the city. Its construction was ordered by Philip II to his favorite architect, Juan de Herrera, author of the Monastery of El Escorial and the Palacio Real de Aranjuez, among other buildings. The works, which had a budget of 200,000 ducats, spread between 1582 and 1584.

Six decades after its opening in 1648, the architect José de Villarreal proceeded to repair the top board. In 1648, he was placed in front of a door ornament, designed by Teodoro Ardemans, to give more monumentality to the bridge. This element was removed over time.

In November 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, was blown up by the Republican side to prevent the entry into Madrid from Franco’s troops, under General Yague. After the war, was rebuilt by introducing some changes from the original design. He proceeded to widen and were built four runners (two on each side) and a pier, located at his feet, in the context of the canalization of the river Manzanares.

In the sixties, was again amended to facilitate the construction of the M-30. Until 2007, the year in which this pathway was buried, the M-30 passed under two overpasses installed at the ends, made in the line of the route of the bridge.

The works of burial of the M-30 laid bare various archaeological remains, corresponding to a primitive bridge located about 95 m north of the present. We found the remains of a pillar with breakwater and starts two arches. Formerly known as Segovia Bridge, the first references of this building date from the fourteenth century, when King Alfonso XI of Castile authorized their construction in two letters written in 1345 and 1346. In the first drawings and paintings of the city, dating from the sixteenth century, the bridge appeared along with nine arches, along with thirteen.

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