Puente de San Pablo, Cuenca!

So need to bring you back to my beloved Spain, can’t be too far from it you know. The second most visited country in the world 85M 2018 UN-WTO. And counting, a country under the sunshine with so much beauty ,history and architecture to offer the world. My Spain.

And here one of the icons of it and certainly of the city of Cuenca in Castilla La Mancha, one of my favorite cities of all Spain. Let me tell you a bit more on it than have in general previous posts.

The Puente de San Pablo Bridge is a beam bridge that crosses the Huécar River in Cuenca. The current bridge was preceded by another of the same name, built between 1533 and 1589 originally in stone, to save the sickle of the Huécar, communicating the Convent of San Pablo (now a parador lodging chain) and the urban center,  paasing by the hanging houses . This bridge collapsed. Eight years passed from then until the inauguration of the current iron bridge.

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In 1902 was built the bridge of iron and wood of today being inaugurated on April 19, 1903. It is a rectilinear bridge, of 100 meters in length in two spans and 60 meters of maximum height, supporting its ends in six stirrups, one on the hill of the city and another in the hill opposite. It is composed of 5 arches with pillars of 40 meters of height that rise from the channel of the Huécar river in what constitutes a work of true craftsmanship.

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The year 1902 was a black year for Cuenca. If on 13 April there had been the collapse of the Cathedral, on July 31 a hurricane was to have flown the new bridge almost finished. The memorable moment was if you remember King Felipe VI portraying Queen Letizia with the bottom of the Casas Colgadas (hanging houses) on their newlywed trip? They were walking on the bridge. It is the image of Cuenca and, in addition, each local conquense has its own memories of when it crossed for the first time. Today, as it was for centuries the former stone bridge, the new bridge of San Pablo remains an icon of the city of Cuenca. An example of iron engineering from a specific time in our history.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and you must are

Tourist office of Cuenca on heritage

Tourist office of Castilla La Mancha on the bridge

There you go the San Pablo bridge ,a nice spot in a beautiful city of Cuenca, many beautiful views and sights and places to visit around here, plenty already written in my blog on it. Enjoy it.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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5 Comments to “Puente de San Pablo, Cuenca!”

  1. This is an amazing and beautiful region of Spain I haven’t visited yet. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. We’ll be on the road again on 6th July

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  3. And hope to see the Tour de France in Alsace before moving on to Germany and Austria.

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