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Notes on the Geography of Spain: Toledo: Photo 2

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Here's that bridge as of 2012. Richard Ford, author of A Hand-book for Travellers in Spain, and Readers at Home (1845), gets a disparaging laugh from its name, which means the New Bridge of Alcantara, which is to say "the new bridge of the bridge." The Spaniards, he mocks, "did not even understand the name of a thing which the Moors made for them." The Moor's bridge was the second on the site and replaced a Roman one destroyed during a siege in 854. That bridge survived from 866 until 1257, when it was rebuilt.

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