Notes on the Geography of Spain: Madrid: Photo 4
The bridge was designed by Pedro de Ribera and completed in 1732. A recent historian (and architect), Fernando Chueca Goitia, calls it "a really monumental construction, considering the narrow bed of the Manzanares, though the main objective was not so much to build a bridge as to safeguard the watercourse and create an entry worthy of the capital." The bridge, he continues, was "conceived with a town-planner's eye for grandeur."
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