Text : It is one of the symbols of the city and also the direct cause of its existence. It was built by the Romans to save the bed of the Lérez river in one of the main land communication routes: the via XIX. The bridge was conserved until middle of 12th century, although its bad condition made it necessary to build a new bridge next to the old one. When this happened, the bridge had already served to name the population group of the burgo de “Ponte Veteri”, with reference to its deterioration. The bridge is composed of eleven segmental Roman arches, and it is a stonework building that suffered various modifications later. Today, it is used by pilgrims in the Portuguese route to Santiago, which keeps the majority of the Romans road XIX.
Ponte do Burgo - Foto 1
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