Friday, December 19, 2008

Portugal - Trajano Bridge


Stamp Issue : 1978-06-14 

Trajano Bridge crossing the Tâmega River in Chaves (Aquæ Flaviæ is the ancient Roman name), Portugal. It was built at 104 A.C.. The Roman bridge has a board with 140 m in length and supported by 12 visible arches, and other four, not visible nowadays, buried by houses.
The bridge has two columns in the middle cylindrical epigraphical that testify the built in the kingdom of Emperor Trajano, all from expenses of Flaviense people. It is so far, the main symbol of the city of Chaves. When the town received the charter of Manuel I, the bridge was represented in the coat of arms.

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