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29 nov 2023


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Puente de Piedra de San Esteban de Gormaz

13/12/2017 - 00:55

It is an important medieval stone bridge with 16 eyes, based on another of Roman origin that has been continuously repaired and preserved (the last works have been executed in 2016).

It is located in a bifurcated zone giving way to two channels of the Douro River separated by a central island, so it is a very long bridge whose dimension reaches 200 meters and 8 meters wide.

The oldest references date from 1519, and may even have a tower for the control of the pontazgo (tax to use the bridge) and, as we have seen with the other bridges, suffer innumerable repairs throughout its existence.

Next to the bridge there is a quannago that served a mill complex (today converted into a mini power plant). It is currently a very busy bridge, since it is the only bridge that joins the two banks of San Esteban de Gormaz.


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Puente Mayor de Roa de Duero

27/09/2017 - 10:20

Three generously-spaced arches have welcomed the town of Roa for many years, until the construction of the new bridge, doubling the entrance to Roa from the left bank of the river. Located at the foot of the fortified Raudense hill, the MAYOR bridge of Roa begins the route with a curve ending on the south bank, between the San Roque humiliation and the old Red Cross post, which once was the box for the pontazgo charge. The collection of this tax, as well as the exclusive contribution of the neighbors, allowed its repair from the mid-fifteenth century until the nineteenth century.


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Viejo Puente Duero de Peñafiel

08/01/2017 - 11:24

The so-called "Old Bridge Duero" of Peñafiel has clear medieval elements, but the width of its arches and the magnitude of the work could go back to a Roman background.
The road from Esguevillas to Peñafiel crossed the Douro River by this old bridge that is in deplorable conditions, both in regard to the width of the bridge and the ruinous and dangerous state of its supports and vaults, although, against everything foreseeable , the work continues in corroborating the assertion of the "tendency of the works not to fall". As we have already mentioned in point 4, a "New Duero Bridge" was built to alleviate the need to communicate both sides of the river during the Spanish Civil War.


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Nuevo Puente Duero de Peñafiel

08/01/2017 - 11:15

It is one of the eight bridges that Peñafiel currently has and was built on the current road VA-101 that joins Peñafiel with Pesquera de Duero as a result of the Spanish Civil War.

In the 30s of the twentieth century, the Douro was still saved by the old stone bridge that showed clear signs of weakness, particularly in its central pillars. The communication needs between different war fronts then forced to replace it with the new bridge that is still used today.

It was designed and directed by the Civil Engineer César Villalba Granda (back in the 40's) and its construction was used for the first time reinforced concrete for a public work of this magnitude in the region of Peñafiel.


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Puente Pasarela GR 14 en Pesquera de Duero

08/01/2017 - 11:05

Located in the municipality of Pesquera de Duero, it is one of the largest wooden bridges manufactured in Spain (the largest of its category), with a total length of 106 meters, 3 meters wide, a maximum light that exceeds 50 meters and weighs about 50 tons. Formed by 4 modules built in Asturias and later transported with special vehicles to Pesquera, where they were assembled in a week, being perfectly adjusted to the landscape and causing a reduced visual impact (unlike concrete or steel) without reducing the resistance or quality of the bridge. The balustrade in the form of a barrel make a nod to one of the main activities that irrigates the Douro: the production of wine.


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Puente Pasarela GR 14 en Quintanilla de Arriba

08/01/2017 - 10:56

Traveling 1.5 km from Quintanilla de Arriba for the "Botanical Path of the Douro to the Island" we see the first of the three footbridges built in 2013 following the GR 14 Trail in its Valladolid stage (the second crosses the Duero over Pesquera de Duero and the third draws the Duratón as it passes through Peñafiel). On the other side of the river, the Bodega Dehesa de los Canónigos extends.


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Puente Quintanilla de Onésimo y Olivares de Duero

05/01/2017 - 13:36

The Renaissance bridge that connects Quintanilla de Onésimo and Olivares de Duero is the only bridge over the Duero that is on the stretch from Tudela to Peñafiel.

"The first news we have of the Olivares and Quintanilla bridge dates from the late fifteenth century. On February 17, 1494, the Catholic Monarchs sent a commission to the Doctor of Villaescusa (Corregidor de Valladolid) to visit both towns and find out the need to build the bridge and the cost of the work. The council of Olivares had requested permission to build it and had the permission of the Count of Urueña, lord of the village of Quintanilla de Yuso ... "


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