Ponte medieval da ribeira de Meimoa - Meimoa, Portugal
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member razalas
N 40° 13.591 W 007° 11.257
29T E 654196 N 4454474
Quick Description: The Ponte da Ribeira de Meimoa is a medieval bridge that crosses the Ribeira de Meimoa.
Location: Castelo Branco, Portugal
Date Posted: 7/31/2021 11:37:31 AM
Waymark Code: WM14NA5
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member coisos
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Long Description:

Ponte medieval da ribeira de Meimoa

"The bridge was constructed between 14th and 16th century, over a pre-existing structure that was constructed during the Roman epoch. The structure was totally reconstructed during the Reconquista, and integrated into the secondary military line that connected Salgueiro to Meimoa, winding through the Via Lata. Legend suggests that a Roman bridge existed on the site, and was destroyed during the Reconquista, which was part of the line connecting Mérida to Viseu, and that crossed the district of Castelo Branco, the settlements of Idanha-a-Velha, Medelim, Bemposta, Mata, Torre dos Namorados, Meimoa and Capinha.
In 1607, a charter by King Philip II placed the construction of the bridge in the hands of Gonçalo Sanches, a stonemason and resident of Castelo Branco, for 4750 cruzados (collected from payments from the cities of Guarda, Viseu, Lamego, Porto, Guimarães, Viana do Castelo and Torre de Moncorvo.
In the Memórias Paroquiais of 1758, the bridge was described (by vicar Lourenço Fernandes de Nazaré) as being constructed by masonry and connected the Beira Alta to Beira Baixa.
On 31 March 1952, the bridge was reconstructed (labelled along the talhamares), but a new project occurred the following year (3 November 1955) and again on 8 January 1996, at which time a guardrail was reconstruction."

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Code Number at the IPA Databse: IPA.00002449

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