The Puente Nuevo or “New Bridge” is Ronda’s main tourist attractions and one of the icons of Andalusia and Spain. Ronda is perched high on a cliff and is split in two by a canyon that runs right down the middle of the. The Ronda bridge offers fantastic views from many different areas. We aer sure you will love it!

The two halves are connected by three different bridges. The Puente Nuevo, as the name indicates is the newest of these bridges and also the largest. This bridge was constructed in the 18th century and spans the 120-metre-deep canyon.

Construction took over 30 years and required two different architects to finish the job. Construction began in 1759 and ended in 1793. Within the bridge there is a peculiar chamber which has had several uses but mainly served as a jail cell. When the Spanish Civil War broke out, legend has it that both sides used this room as an interrogation room, where they would torture prisoners even throwing them out the window to their deaths if they didn’t get what the wanted.

The bridge had already claimed lives before. There was an earlier bridge built in the same place in 1735. This first bridge was poorly built with a single arch and in 1741 it collapsed killing 50 people.

How was the bridge built at Ronda Spain ?

The design of the current Puente Nuevo is completely unique, no other bridge in the world is built in the same fashion.

After the tragic collapse of the first bridge, architects decided to use a design they were more familiar with featuring 3 arches instead of 1 for more stability. 

They had to reinforce the cliff sides at each end and drop supports downward into the river bellow. The rocks used for the bridges construction were sourced directly from the river bed. A true feat of engineering. 

How tall is the bridge of Ronda? 

120 meters or 394 feet tall. 

When was the bridge in Ronda Spain built? 

Construction began in 1759 and the bridge was finalized in 1793. It took over 30 years to build! 

Who built the Ronda bridge in Spain?

The chief architect of the Puente Nuevo was  Martín de Aldehuela, who was brought in to re design the bridge after the collapse of the original bridge that was in its place. 

How do you walk down to be in front of the Ronda bridge?

If you are at the bridge, follow the map bellow

 

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