Puente de Piedra, Zaragoza

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The Puente de Piedra is a bridge across the river Ebro in Zaragoza, Spain. The Puente de Piedra is also called the Bridge of Lions because four lions (symbols of the city) are placed on the pillars at each end of the bridge.
Beginning in the 12th century the citizens of Zaragoza tried to build a bridge across the Ebro. In 1401-1440, the Puente de Piedra was built under the direction of Gil de Menestral. The flood in 1643 destroyed two central bridge spans. The bridge then looked as it does in the painting "View of Zaragoza" by Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo (1647).
In 1659 the bridge was reconstructed. Architect Felipe de Busignac restored two destroyed towers and expanded the bridge piers. In 1789, architect Agustín Sanz strengthened the Ebro's bank at the Monastery of St. Lazarus to prevent the risk of flooding of the bridge. The reconstruction of the bridge was of great economic importance for the development of the region and all the country.
GUITART APARICIO, Cristóbal, «El Puente de Piedra», en Guillermo Fatás Cabeza, Guía histórico-artística de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Ayuntamiento, 1991, págs. 197-200..
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  • Wonderful site beautiful shops along the way to getting here. I enjoyed the walk over the bridge too. The city is filled with old charm and character. Accommodation was not expensive at all and I...  more »
  • Interesting old bridge but best part is the view looking back across the Rio Ebro at the Basilica del Pilar with its imposing size and towers.  more »
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  • Perfectly located across from the Pillar. Connect the new with the old. This bridge adds a touch of class to the city and provides a safe walking place from the hustle and bustle of the city. It has plenty of places for picture opportunities or a place to watch the ducks, maybe spot a large crane, or just get lost watching the current. Whatever it it, enjoy!
  • Antient Bridge that still fully functioning. Amazing!
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