Puente Nuevo in El Tajo gorge
|Total length||66 meters|
|No. of spans||3|
|Designer||Domingo Lois de Monteagudo|
The Puente Nuevo (Spanish pronunciation:
The construction of the newest bridge (the one that stands today) was started in 1759 and took 34 years to build. There is a chamber above the central arch that was used for a variety of purposes, including as a prison. During the 1936-1939
Construction of the previous bridge started in 1735, this was the first attempt to span the gorge at this height and was completed by the architects Jose Garcia and Juan Camacho using a single arch design. Unfortunately, this bridge was quickly and poorly built and in 1741 the entire bridge collapsed resulting in the death of 50 people.